The Ahdaaf Cup, powered by Nike, got underway on Tuesday with some standout opening night performances.
In Group A Falcons got off to a flying start when they got the better of Jumeira by seven goals to four.
In the same group, Amazing Boys saw off the challenge of Lions, 3-2.
Fiorentina Dubai got off to the best possible start in Group B with a convincing 6-0 win over Tayseer, while Angry Birds defeated Zol’s United 4-1.
Mazarita took a firm hold of Group C after an 8-1 win over Wolverhampton. The other game in the group was a much closer affair as Rijab edged out Hypervenom 1-0.
Finally on the opening night, Group D kicked off with wins for Gladiator FC and Viene El Invierno, 3-0 and 5-1, against Guns and Moses and Robertos respectively.
Wednesday night sees Groups E and F in action. Marhoom Humaid Aref take on Panthers FC, and YNWA FC face Santos in Group E, while All Star battle DOHL and Bianconeri take on Misho in Group F.
About the Ahdaaf Cup
Played on two Nike-branded pitches, in the Al Quoz industrial area, teams will compete against each other in a league table format before progressing onto the knockout stages of the competition. Matches are played in a five-a-side format with sides allowed to register seven players in the squad, who can be used in rotation during the game.
Teams are competing over ten days as they battle it out for the winner’s trophy.
There’s competition for both males and females as 24 men’s teams who will be looking to take home a share of the Dhs 30,000 grand prize. The Nike slogan for the tournament, which is emblazoned around the pitches, says ‘End it with speed, end it with precision’, which is exactly what the teams will have to do as matches are just 30 minutes in length.
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