Marhoom Humaid Aref and Bianconeri kept thier 100% record in tact at the Ahdaaf Cup, powered by Nike.
Marhoom made it three wins from three in Group E with a 3-0 win over YNWA FC, while Santos finished the group in style with a 9-1 win over Panthers FC.
Bianconeri also romped to a win – 6-1 over All Star in Group F, Misho defeated DOHL 3-0 in the same pool.
The last-16 is now set for the competition with fixtures to be played on Tuesday May 21.
Falcons vs Viene El Invierno
In the women’s competition, there we wins for Leoni FC and Fireballs over CANDO Real Estate (2-0) and Dubai All Star (6-0) respectively. In the final game Eagles and Dubai Warriors fought out a 2-2 draw.
The semi-finals will take place on Thursday May 23, fixtures are;
Fireballs vs Dubai Warriors
Leoni FC vs Dubai AllStar
The Adhaaf Cup, powered by Nike
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 nine 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.
One of the UAE’s most inspiring athlete stories is being showcased in Nike’s latest campaign.
The Dream Crazier campaign has reached the UAE and features five-time UAE Ice Skating National Champion, Zahra Lari.
Zahra Lari’s ‘Dream Crazier’ film, above, tells her story of paving the way for the next generation of female athletes in the region. Fearlessly holding fast to her dreams since age 16, Lari has championed representing and building the women’s sports community in the Middle East.
Her success resulted in her making history, becoming the world’s first figure skater to compete in a hijab, the UAE’s first figure skater to compete in the Winter Games qualifications in 2018, and leading the UAE to become the first Arab state to join the International Skating Union.
Lari continues to build up a community of fearless athletes in an unlikely sport and glides through championing the inclusion of Muslim athletes around the world, making her more than ready to accomplish her crazy dream to lead a group of female athletes to raise the UAE flag for the first time.
Zahra said: “I set a pretty big goal for myself. And in order for me to reach that goal, it’s important for me to wake up at dawn every day to practice and not complain. Yes, I’m tired, but so is everyone else. A champion is not made by staying in bed. You have to work hard.”
Salah Ahmed of Dubai Public Prosecution is hoping his team will make it fourth time lucky when they meet Dubai Municipality in the final of the NAS Wheelchair Basketball Championship after finishing runners-up in the previous three seasons.
Dubai Public Prosecution qualified for their fourth successive final with a 38-19 win over Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) in the semis, while defending champions Dubai Municipality prevailed 37-31 over Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services to set up a repeat of last year’s final, where the men from Dubai Municipality had cruised to a facile 63-46 win.
“We are determined to win the title this time,” said Ahmed, who finished as the top scorer of the tournament in the previous three seasons. “We have played three consecutive finals and we have lost each time.
“It’s time to win the title now. We are really determined this year and really focused, and have taken every match seriously, right from the first game. All the players are ready for the final and ready to win the title this time.
“I have won the title of the top-scorer for three years, but winning an individual honour without the team title is not as much fun. This time I want to win the cup along with the top-scorer’s title.”
UNCLE SAEED CLINCH TITLE
In the NAS Padel Championship, Uncle Saeed defeated Mondia 2-0 to successfully defend their team title, while Valencia beat SHM for third place.
The Uncle Saeed team, whose patron is Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, President of UAE Padel Association, won the first tie of the final 6-2, 6-2 and then blanked Mondia 6-0, 6-0 in the second tie.
“Continuous training throughout the year and programmes being implemented by the UAE Padel Association, both in the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex and other clubs, has led to a rise in the overall levels of the game in UAE,” said Sandy Farquharson, a member of the Uncle Saeed team.
“The result, 2-0, probably does not do justice to the quality of matches we have just played in the final. It was not as easy as the scoreboard suggests. The two matches took more than two hours and that should tell you how fiercely competitive the final was.
“The level of competition this year was really high and most matches were close.”
Organised by Dubai Sports Council 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 NAS Sports Tournament is the biggest event of its kind in terms of participation and prize money, and has been held every year in the Holy Month of Ramadan since 2013.
The Tournament has seen more than 22,000 athletes take part over the past six seasons and the seventh season, being held under the slogan ‘Limitless Abilities’, has attracted more than 6,500 participants in 13 different events: Futsal, Volleyball, Padel, Fencing, Wheelchair Basketball, Futsal for People with Hearing Disabilities, NAS Night Challenge, the 5km and 10km Run, 75km Cycle Race, 3×3 Basketball, Jiu-Jitsu, Cricket and Snowboarding. There is a prize purse of AED 6 million on offer for them.
Group A: Saudi Driving School drew with F16 2-2.
Group B: Dubai Police drew with Al Taher 2-2; Al Bahri beat Tolerance 7-1.
Team Championship Final: Uncle Saeed beat Mondia 6-2, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0. Third Place: Valencia beat SHM 6-2, 6-1.
NAS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
Semi-finals: Dubai Municipality beat Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 37-31; Dubai Public Prosecution beat Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) 38-19.