16 teams that participated in the tournament were : NESTO FC, GFC Rangers Oravangara, ACES, FC United, KEE FC, Polychem FC, The Football Generation, Progressive Chavakkad, Gulf Hypermarket RAK, NIT FC, FC Safa, Football Stara Al Nahda, Polychem FC, Genesis, Magney 7, Dubai Hibs and F5 Karama.
The Third positioned teams in all groups went onto play the Community Cup in a knockout format (semi finals and final).
Progressive Chavakkad and Genesis played the final and Progressive Chavakkad emerged the winners by two goals scored against none in return.
The top two teams from each group progressed to play the Knockout stages (Quarter finals, Semi Finals, Third Place Final, and Final) of the The Football Generation Cup.
The toppers of each group were, NESTO FC, GFC Rangers Oravangara, FC United and Gulf Hypermarket. The second from each group was KEE FC, ACES, Progressive Chavakkad and Dubai Hibs.
The final of the Football Generation Cup was played between ACES and KEE FC. KEE FC went onto win the Cup after Ramshad scored a stunner from 15 yards out for KEE FC against none from ACES.
The Player of the tournament was Harrison (ACES), Best defender – Afsal (KEE FC), Best Goalkeeper – Rinos (KEE FC), Top goal scorer – Ismail (Progressive Chavakkad).
Trophies and medals along with cash prizes was handed over by the Chief Guest of the tournament Mr. Mathew, Managing Director of Mohd. Al Zaaby Spare Parts Trading, Musaffah.
“The tournament’s main aim was to bring together different nationalities who are residents in UAE and play The Beautiful Game,” said Paul from the Football Generation.
“Players from nations in Africa, Asia and Europe participated. Next time, the intention would be to include other continent players too.”
The Football Generation team intends to conduct such tournaments across all sports, over time.
For further tournaments and sports events, contact Paul on 055 213 4895.
Abdulaziz Al Anbari bemoaned Sharjah’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal as they exited the President’s Cup quarter-finals to Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club – with Ante Erceg’s late goal seeing them edge into the semi-finals.
Croatian Erceg picked up a loose defensive header on the edge of the box in the 81st minute and sent a low drive beyond Sharjah stopper Adel Al Hosani to settle a tight game at Ajman’s Shaikh Rashid bin Saeed Stadium.
The win for Mahdi Ali’s side sets up a mouthwatering semi-final showdown, with all four occupying slots inside the Arabian Gulf League’s top five, with Al Ain, Al Wahda and Al Wasl all lying in wait.
King coach Al Anbari was proud of his players in defeat and chose to look ahead to next season.
“The problem of the team in the attack and we will work on them to strengthen the team in the next season, and this does not mean that we are bad this season,” he said.
“Shabab Al Ahli is a team full of young players and top foreigners. Sharjah have provided a good level and we work as a team of players and we will meet the needs of the team for the next season.”
Al Anbari thanked his players for their efforts in defeat, adding: “Cup matches have small details and maybe there was too much caution there. Before the goal we tried to strengthen the offensive side and even after the goal but the result was negative and we accept this.
“The team as a whole bear the result but we should not forget the positive level provided by the players during the game or in previous games. I thank all the players for what they gave, they did a good job.”
Sharjah, who finished ninth last term, have already matched their 2016/17 league total of 26 points, and Al Anbari says he will now give some youngsters some playing time in the remaining two games.
“We have two matches in the league that will be an opportunity for some players, with a focus on the need to achieve positive results so as not to retreat in the table,” he said.
The Football Generation (TFG), are set to conduct the first edition of The Football Generation Cup, an all UAE Expat Football Sevens Tournament in Dubai, this Friday, April 06th.
The tournament will be under the auspices of The Penalty Football organization who own the Football ground premises at the Scout Mission, Abu Hail in Dubai.
The tournament is based on a knockout format: 16 teams compete from 4 groups with the top two winners of each group progressing to the knockout stages to compete for the Champions Cup, Runner up Cup and Third Place Cup.
The third positioned teams from each group will play against each other in a knockout format for the Plate.
Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to best teams and individuals.
A crowd of around 400 is expected to witness what should be an action packed event.
For more information or to support the event call Paul on +971 55 2134895 or email [email protected]