Al Ain have won the President’s Cup after a 2-1 win over Al Wasl at Zayed Sports City on Thursday night.
The Garden City club took the lead after three minutes through a well-struck goal from Ismail Ahmed.
And the Boss doubled their advantage on 50 minutes when in-form Sweden striker Marcus Berg bagged his 26th goal of the season after a cleverly weighed ball over the top from Omar Abdulrahman.
In the dying minutes of the match, Ciao added a consolation goal for Al Wasl, whose trophy drought wait will continue into its ninth year.
The result keeps Al Ain still in contention of winning the treble after claiming their 13th Arabian Gulf League title last month.
Zoran Mamic’s side will now turn their focus to the AFC Champions League campaign with a Round of 16 tie against Al-Duhail next Tuesday.
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It’s Just Football and PASS Abu Dhabi came together to put on the Youth Champions Cup.
The tournament brought together the best youth football teams from Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi across eight age groups to see who would be crowned the champions of champions.
With 32 teams attending and children ranging from the ages of six-16, some of the best young footballers in the country were on show. The top-two teams from each age group of the Abu Dhabi Youth League met with their compatriots from the Jebel Ali Youth League all in one day, with more than 1,000 people in attendance at Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence.
The Abu Dhabi Youth League came away with bragging rights this time around, with seven of their teams winning out of the eight age groups.
A biannual event, the Youth Champions Cup, held last Sunday, encompasses more than 1,500 players from both leagues from ages seven through to 16 making it the biggest organised youth football league in the Middle East.
In the Under-8s, City FS Select defeated Desert Rangers in the final. For the U-9s, ICS Future Academy edged out Soccer Kids Dubai.
In the U-10s and U-11s, PASS Masters beat their rivals from City FS Select both times.
The U-12s was won by DG Pro FC, with City FS Select gaining another second place.
In the U-14 Division 1, City FS Select got the better of GoPro. Zayed Lions made GC United runners-up in Division 2.
Abu Dhabi Thistle came away with the honours in U-16s. GC United were second.
The one-day tournament attracted 14 strong sides across the UAE as well as from abroad as they battled for glory in the event, presented by AFLeagues.
Dubai-based KAFO Academy did just enough to overcome GC United 1-0 while Arabian Strikers came out on top against Fujairah’s Athletic Sports Academy.
With matches closely fought and more than 70 goals scored, Anthony Stonehouse, Technical Director at AFLeagues was impressed with what he saw.
“We were extremely happy to host our very first Youth Tournament here in Dubai and can’t wait for the official Youth Leagues to commence in September,” he said.
“We believe that providing a neutral football league platform gives the local academies the opportunity to play in a fair yet competitive environment that will allow players to develop their skills and compete against other academies of similar ability. We are convinced that the upcoming leagues will be a welcome addition to the Dubai football scene.”
Their 7-a-side youth football league will begin in September. For more information, visit www.afleagues.com