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Al Taher knock fancied Fuhood Zaabeel out of NAS Futsal Championships

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Emirates Driving Institute’s Sabry Jameel (No8) scores in their 9-2 rout of The Storm in a quarterfinal match of the NAS Futsal Championship.

Defending champions Al Taher put in a consummate team performance on Sunday night, fighting back from a goal down to beat fancied Fuhood Zaabeel 2-1 and book their place in the last four of the 2018 Nad Al Sheba Futsal Championship.

Led by their diminutive Iranian captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh, a three-time AFC Futsal Player of the Year, Al Taher bounced back after Tariq Abdulla Al Ali had put Fuhood Zaabeel ahead in the 3rd minute, with Brazilian Jefferson Luis Carpes equalising in the 8th minute before Ahmad Abdullah gave them the lead four minutes later.

Al Taher then kept Fuhood’s marauding Brazilian trio of Mateus Da Silva, Taynan Da Silva and Douglas Junior at bay to protect their lead and set up a semi-final clash with Emirates Driving Institute, who crushed The Storm 9-2 in the other quarterfinal of the night.

“I think we showed great discipline and resolve to hold off one of the most dangerous attacking trio in futsal,” said Hassanzadeh. “So we are really pleased with this win.

“I guess the loss in the opening game against Al Bahri has served as a wake-up call for the team. We have shown a lot more focus and commitment since, never letting our guard down, and now we are determined to keep this momentum going.

“We have just beaten a very strong team and I am sure this win will act as a huge boost for us in the semi-final and then, hopefully, the final.”

Al Taher captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh battles for possession with Fuhood Zaabeel’s Ahmed Al Hosany in their quarterfinal clash. Al Taher won 2-1.

Al Taher captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh battles for possession with Fuhood Zaabeel’s Ahmed Al Hosany in their quarterfinal clash. Al Taher won 2-1.

The Storm, meanwhile, arrived with only six players for their quarterfinal against Emirates Driving. Brazilian Leonardo Mendonca Da Rosa was the lone foreign player on the list, but he received a direct red in the 12th minute to further increase his team’s woes.

Having drubbed The Emperor 16-1 in their last match, Emirates Driving took full advantage of the situation. with Williams Oliver Do Nascimento scoring a brace to move to the top of the tournament’s scoring charts with eight goals.

Thiago Teles Martins and Mohammed Abdulla Salem also scored two goals each, while Rangel Taian Pereira, Sabry Jameel and Jaber Shah scored one apiece.

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

Dubai Municipality will take on Dubai Public Prosecution in the final of the NAS Wheelchair Basketball Championship, after defeating Dubai Police and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services respectively in the semis.

Dubai Municipality beat Dubai Police 41-19 in the first semi-final at the Dubai Club for the People of Determination, while Dubai Public Prosecution cruised to a 59-22 win in the other semis.

“We played a big game against a very strong opponent,” said Mohammed Al Zarooni, a member of the Dubai Municipality team. “Everyone knows that the Dubai Police have the Egyptian Ashraf Abu Zeid in their squad and he has participated in this tournament several times.

“But our strategy was to mark them closely and not allow them the space to play their game, especially Ashraf Abu Zaid, and we succeeded in doing that.

“Now we have one more match to play – the big one – against another very strong opponent. We know they have some very good players in their ranks, including a British professional. But the motivation in our camp is high. Our goal as a team is to win the title. On the personal front, I want to finish as the leading scorer.”

Action from the NAS Padel Tennis Tournament

Action from the NAS Padel Tennis Tournament

PADEL TENNIS

Javier Lopez and Sandy Farquharson defeated Xavier Masson and Benjamin Cassaigne 6-2, 6-3 to retain their Open division title in the NAS Padel Tennis Championship, while Emilio Misas and Carlos Luna edged Mohammed Al Mansouri and Guillermo Villafane 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the playoff for third place.

Organised by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the 2018 Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will see more than 5,000 athletes compete for a total prize-purse of Dh6 million in Dubai, across 11 competitions.

The tournament has also gone international this year with a five-a-side futsal competition taking place in the Egyptian capital Cairo and an eight-team volleyball tournament being held in Amman, Jordan.

RESULTS

Futsal (Quarterfinals): Emirates Driving Institute beat The Storm 9-2; Al Taher beat Fuhood Zaabeel 2-1.

Wheelchair Basketball (Semi-final): Dubai Municipality beat Dubai Police 41-19; Dubai Public Prosecution beat Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 59-22.

Padel (Open Category): Final – Javier Lopez and Sandy Farquharson beat Xavier Masson and Benjamin Cassaigne 2-0 (6-2, 6-3); Third-Place: Emilio Misas and Carlos Luna beat Mohammed Al Mansouri and Guillermo Villafane 2-1 (5-7, 6-4, 6-2).

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Everton guides Dubai Police into NAS Futsal semi-finals

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Dubai Police’s Alex William Da Silva (green) battles for the ball with an MKS player during their 5-2 win in the quarterfinal of the NAS Futsal Championship.

Riding on the brilliance of their Brazilian star Everton Cardoso, Dubai Police brushed aside MKS 5-2 to book their place in the last four of the Nad Al Sheba Futsal Championship.

Cardoso scored a hat-trick and also set Ibrahim Khaled up with a perfect cross as the Policemen beat MKS to book a semi-final clash with Al Bahri, who trounced Sport 4 All 7-2 in the other quarterfinal of the night at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.

Captain Ahmad Hussain Ali scored the fifth goal for Dubai Police, while Pol Pacheco Gonzalez and Attos Mendes Da Silva scored the two goals for MKS.

“This win will be a great motivation for the team to try and go all the way in the tournament,” said Ahmad Hussain. “From the start, our goal has been to win the title this year and we are now within two wins of achieving our target.

“We know it will not be easy in these coming matches because there is a lot of quality in the other teams as well, but we believe in ourselves and we are going to fight to reach our targets.”

Al Bahri captain Ramirez Alonso Kevin (blue) tries to make his way past Douglas Dos Santos (No8) and Omar Juma of Sport 4 All in the quarterfinal of the NAS Futsal Championship.

Al Bahri captain Ramirez Alonso Kevin (blue) tries to make his way past Douglas Dos Santos (No8) and Omar Juma of Sport 4 All in the quarterfinal of the NAS Futsal Championship.

In the other quarterfinal, Al Bahri came rushing out of the blocks and were leading 4-1 at the end of the first half with Frenchman Mohammed Abdessamad having scored twice for them, and Ahmed Saleh and Helal Al Jaberi once each. In the second half, Egyptian Essam Alla Shamkh added two more to their tally after Ramirez Alonso had made it 5-1 in the 26th minute. Omar Juma scored both the goals for Sport 4 All.

“If you look at our performance chart, I believe we are improving with every match,” said Abdessamad. “First, we beat the defending champions Al Taher 2-1 and then fought back from 1-4 to split points with Inthar. Now, we have won our quarterfinal 7-2.

“So, we are definitely getting stronger as a unit and this win will certainly give a huge boost to the team’s confidence. We are looking forward to doing even better in the semis and then hopefully in the final.”

RESULTS

FUTSAL (Quarterfinals): Al Bahri beat Sport 4 All 7-2; Dubai Police beat MKS 5-2.

PADEL TENNIS

In the NAS Padel Championship, Javier Lopez and Sandy Farquharson will meet Xavier Masson and Benjamin Cassaigne in the final of the Open category.

Lopez and Farquharson defeated the duo of Mohammed Al Mansouri and Guillermo Villafane 6-2, 6-2, while Masson and Cassaigne got the better of Emilio Misas and Carlos Luna 6-2, 6-1 in the other semi-final.

Organised by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the 2018 Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will see more than 5,000 athletes compete for a total prize-purse of Dh6 million in Dubai, across 11 competitions.

The tournament has also gone international this year with a five-a-side futsal competition taking place in the Egyptian capital Cairo and an eight-team volleyball tournament being held in Amman, Jordan.

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Maxtalent Cricket Academy to continue with new rule of 14-players per match in inter-school tournaments

Denzil Pinto 26/05/2018
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Here to stay: This season's MGS Vision Cup received positive feedback

Maxtalent Cricket Academy will continue with their new rule that will allow all 14 squad members to play in their inter-school tournament matches next season following positive feedback.

Maxtalent trialled the idea in their annual MGS Vision Cup, which attracted top schools across Dubai and Sharjah, last month after head coach Sudhakar Shetty wanted to experiment the initiative in the UAE, which was put forward by former Indian batsman and legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Their Under-12, U-14 and U-16 matches were all contested with 14 cricketers and while it made the games more exciting and closely-fought, there was plenty to gain for coaches, parents and players.

“When a team won the toss, the batting team selected their strongest batting line-up and in the second innings, the three batsmen were replaced by specialist bowlers,” explained Shetty.

“That means each and every person in that squad had a chance to play. One of the concerns especially for parents, is that they would allow their kids to go for the matches but then the boys wouldn’t be selected and it would mean two to three hours lost, where they could have spent that time studying.”

Having seen for himself the impact it has had on the players and coaches, Shetty confirmed they will continue with the new rule for next season’s MGS Vision-Cup.

“Yes for sure it’s staying,” he said. “This will only be played at inter-school level because we have seen that parents are happy and so are the players and coaches. It’s a win-win situation.

“I got the thumbs up from the players and coaches and you could see that the overall standard of play went up. Every boy came into the match knowing they would be playing so all the hard work they have put in training wouldn’t be going to waste.”

He added: “I think one of the big things is that people have embraced the idea and certainly is adding value to it. With this idea of allowing all 14 players to play, it will only encourage the kids to continue playing and not give it up because they are not being selected.

“Some people may argue saying it’s only 11 players in a team and they have a point. But, at the end of the day, you have to engage with the child and make it interesting.”

It’s not the first time that Shetty trialled the rule in his Maxtalent tournament. In last year’s tour to Mumbai, the same idea was rolled out for their event and he said the feedback from players and coaches in India, convinced him to try it in the UAE.

“India is a big nation that loves cricket and with so many boys players, competition is certainly fierce,” said Shetty.

“But with this rule, it allowed players to play a role in a game and after hearing from players and coaches in India who participated in the tournament, was enough to go ahead with the idea in the UAE.”

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