Dayton high school team boasts players from 18 nations

Belmont head soccer coach Julie Raiff really has an international team comprised of players from 16 countries and four continents. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Belmont head soccer coach Julie Raiff really has an international team comprised of players from 16 countries and four continents. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

To say Belmont's soccer team has international appeal somehow would not be saying enough.

As Tom Archdeacon reports, the Dayton high school soccer team lead by Julie Raiff has two girls and features members from 18 nations and 4 continents.

>> Read Tom's story:  Belmont soccer boasts international flavor

Shadrack “Michael” Ilunga, a sophomore defender who grew up in South Africa after being born in the Congo, agreed.

"The soccer ball unites us all,"  Ilunga, a Congo-born sophomore who grew up in South Africa, told Archdeacon.

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Julie Raiff is the head coach of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Julie Raiff is the head coach of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Julie Raiff is the head coach of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Ahmed Seid, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ahmed Seid, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Ahmed Seid, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Shadrack “Michael” Ilunga, from Congo, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Shadrack “Michael” Ilunga, from Congo, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Shadrack “Michael” Ilunga, from Congo, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Da’Celf Combs, from Dayton, is the team manager for the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Da’Celf Combs, from Dayton, is the team manager for the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Da’Celf Combs, from Dayton, is the team manager for the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Mustafa Iskandarov, from Russia, graduated from Belmont High School and helps coach the Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Mustafa Iskandarov, from Russia, graduated from Belmont High School and helps coach the Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Mustafa Iskandarov, from Russia, graduated from Belmont High School and helps coach the Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Mbo “Love” Kapepula, from South Africa, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Mbo “Love” Kapepula, from South Africa, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Mbo “Love” Kapepula, from South Africa, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Dhulfiquar Hussein, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Dhulfiquar Hussein, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Dhulfiquar Hussein, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Nyaz Ibrahim, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Nyaz Ibrahim, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Nyaz Ibrahim, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Isabella Danhoui, from Togo, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Isabella Danhoui, from Togo, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Isabella Danhoui, from Togo, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Herman Chongwain, from Cameroon, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Herman Chongwain, from Cameroon, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Herman Chongwain, from Cameroon, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Brianne Bake, Belmont soccer

Brianne Bake, Belmont soccer
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Brianne Bake, Belmont soccer

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Kasongo Lamber, from Tanzania, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Kasongo Lamber, from Tanzania, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Kasongo Lamber, from Tanzania, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Bibebibyo Seko, from Mozambique, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bibebibyo Seko, from Mozambique, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Bibebibyo Seko, from Mozambique, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Bryan Nicolas Parra Ramirez, from Colombia, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bryan Nicolas Parra Ramirez, from Colombia, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Bryan Nicolas Parra Ramirez, from Colombia, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Yafiet Gebrehiwet, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Yafiet Gebrehiwet, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Yafiet Gebrehiwet, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Ramadhan Ndyisaba, from Burundi, is assistant coach of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ramadhan Ndyisaba, from Burundi, is assistant coach of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Ramadhan Ndyisaba, from Burundi, is assistant coach of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Bungire “Kashu” Opothi, from Ethiopia, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bungire “Kashu” Opothi, from Ethiopia, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Bungire “Kashu” Opothi, from Ethiopia, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Bereket Gebre, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bereket Gebre, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Bereket Gebre, from Eritrea, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Jacques Kagrianeza, from Rwanda, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Jacques Kagrianeza, from Rwanda, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Jacques Kagrianeza, from Rwanda, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Misker Dressie, from Djibouti, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Misker Dressie, from Djibouti, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Misker Dressie, from Djibouti, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Fabrice Bahoza, from Burundi, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Fabrice Bahoza, from Burundi, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Fabrice Bahoza, from Burundi, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Herbert Chongwain, from Cameroon, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Herbert Chongwain, from Cameroon, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Herbert Chongwain, from Cameroon, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Ameer Al-Zehhawi, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ameer Al-Zehhawi, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Ameer Al-Zehhawi, from Iraq, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Bruce Anthony, from Sudan, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bruce Anthony, from Sudan, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Bruce Anthony, from Sudan, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Mustafa Ibrahim, from Sudan, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Mustafa Ibrahim, from Sudan, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Mustafa Ibrahim, from Sudan, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Bryan Espinoza Garcia, from Puerto Rico, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bryan Espinoza Garcia, from Puerto Rico, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team.  TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Bryan Espinoza Garcia, from Puerto Rico, is a member of the Belmont High School Boys Soccer Team. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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