The win saw NIMS establish themselves as the early frontrunners in Sharjah, although there were also victories for India International School Sharjah and Wesgreen International School. NIMS’ defenders played a crucial role in the rout at The Sevens, limiting their opponents to a handful of attempts which were all kept at bay by goalkeeper Yousuf Habib.
Nimble frontman Mohammad Shafiq Taj earned Man-of-the-Match plaudits after netting a hattrick, while there was also a treble for Abdulrahman Hassan, and a brace from Abdullah Ejaz.
“I may be small but I had the courage to face my opponents and they were not able to contain me,” the diminutive but talented 13-year-old Taj said. “I got my confidence from my team-mates and I was ably supported on the pitch by Abdulrahman.”The impressive attacking duo shared five goals in the first half as Alhamriyah were brushed aside before the break. Both also combined to create Ejaz’s two goals. “An 8-0 win on opening week is definitely a good start which bodes well for our campaign this year,” said NIMS coach, Selvaraj Krishnan. “The most pleasing aspect of a commanding win is to boost the confidence of our boys. We hope to improve on our performance from last year where we bowed out of the tournament at the first round of the knockout stages.”