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Al Bahri beat Dubai Police, meet Emirates Driving Institute in NAS Futsal final

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Mohammed Abdessamad boots home the winner 25 seconds from time to give Al Bahri a 2-1 win over Dubai Police in their semi-final of the NAS Futsal Championship.

Al Bahri and Emirates Driving Institute will meet in the final of the Nad Al Sheba Futsal Championship after knocking out more fancied opponents in the semi-final.

Al Bahri caused the first shock of the night, defeating Dubai Police 2-1 thanks to Frenchman Mohammed Abdessamad’s winner from the spot 25 seconds from time. Emirates Driving then brought defending champion Al Taher’s campaign to end with a doughty 1-0 win in a fast-paced encounter.

Abdessamad had also set Ahmed Saleh up to give Al Bahri 13th minute lead, which was cancelled out by Alex William Da Silva’s equaliser in the second half, and the 27-year-old France international also played a part in Dubai Police goalkeeper Farooq Ali Shambih’s sending-off for handling the ball outside the box.

“As a player, this is what you dream of – of scoring at big moments in big matches,” said Abdessamad. “So I am really happy to have done that tonight. But this is a team sport and credit belongs to the full team, to each and every member of the team for the way they fought out there against a very strong opponent, who were one of the favourites for the title.”

Fortuitous in their opening game when an own-goal five seconds from time gave them a 2-1 win over Al Taher, Al Bahri have built on their good fortune with some pretty resolute performances since. They fought back from 1-4 to split points with Inthar in their second group game before drubbing Sport 4 All 7-2 in the quarterfinals.

Emirates Driving Institute’s Abdulkarim Jamil scores the only goal of their semi-final clash with defending champions Al Taher.

Emirates Driving Institute’s Abdulkarim Jamil scores the only goal of their semi-final clash with defending champions Al Taher.

Against Dubai Police in the semis, they showed plenty of steel once again with Abdessamad getting the winner when a penalty shootout looked inevitable.

“It was a great way to finish the game,” said Essam Alla Shamkh, Al Bahri’s Egyptian pro. “That penalty in the final seconds of the game took us into the final, which was our target from the first day of the tournament.

“We were all determined to achieve this target and you could see that from the way we have stuck together in difficult situations and played as one, especially in this match against a strong opponent like Dubai Police.”

In the second semi-final, the score-line barely does justice to a match that was played at a frantic pace, with plenty of scoring opportunities at both ends, but the two goalkeepers, especially Emirates Driving Institute’s Hassan Ali Hantoobi, did a brilliant job under the post.

The all-important goal came in the 18th minute, when Abdulkarim Jamil scored off a counter-attack.

PADEL TENNIS

Team Uncle Saeed successfully defended their team title in the NAS Padel Tennis Championship after Valencia conceded following an injury to Guillermo Villafane, while Team Mondia took third place, defeating SHM 2-1.

Uncle Saeed were up 6-2, 2-0 in the opening tie of the final when Villafane retired with an injury, giving the defending champions a 2-0 win.

In the playoff for third place, Team Mondia won the first match 6-2, 6-2, but SHM fought back to win the second 6-3, 6-4, forcing the tie into a decider where Mondia prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

Dubai Police clinched third place in the NAS Wheelchair Basketball Championship, defeating Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 32-13 in the battle for bronze. Egyptian Ashraf Abu Zaid was the star for Dubai Police and he is in the running for the player of the tournament honours with an aggregate of 90 points.

Salah Afifi of Dubai Public Prosecution and Ahmed Jassim of Dubai Municipality are leading the tournament’s scoring charts with 114 and 111 points, and they will have a chance to add to their tally when the two teams clash in the final.

“I am happy with the bronze,” said Abu Zaid. “This was my first season with Dubai Police after three seasons with Public Prosecution, and I am in the running for the title of the best player in the tournament. So it has been a good tournament for me.

“Dubai Public Prosecution and Dubai Municipality, of course, deserve to be playing the final because of the level they have played at throughout the tournament. Both have some very good players, including very special foreign players who have done really well for their team.”

RESULTS

Futsal (semi-final): Al Bahri beat Dubai Police 2-1; Emirates Driving Institute beat Al Taher 1-0.

Padel Tennis Team Championship: Final – Uncle Saeed beat Valencia 2-0 (retired); 3rd Place – Mondia beat SHM 2-1.

Wheelchair Basketball 3rd Place: Dubai Police beat Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 32-13.

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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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