Posted on January 14, 2017

Aspire Academy’s U-16 football team has emerged victorious in the latest edition of the Tri-Series tournament which also featured Sporting Clube de Portugal and Buriram United F.C. from Thailand. 

In one of the mostly tightly contested age group series to date, the hosts rounded off proceedings with a 2-0 win over Buriram United F.C. in their final game to finish the tournament on five points, one ahead of the highly rated Sporting Clube de Portugal side. This latest edition of Tri-Series finished on Wednesday 11th January at Aspire Academy.

Victory by the Aspire Academy U-16 team prevented the Portuguese teams from making it a clean sweep in the tournament after strong performances by both the U-17 and U-18 sides. Teams from Aspire Academy finished second in both age groups. Aspire Academy’s U-17 side warmed up for this year’s Al- Kass International Cup, which starts on 21st January at Aspire Academy, with a comprehensive 7-1 defeat of Buriram United F.C. Yusuf Yusuf grabbed a hat-trick along with goals from Mohammed Al-Naimi, Andri Syahputra, Ahmed Alganehi and Ahmed Suhail.

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Speaking after the match, Aspire Academy U-17 coach, Bruno Pinheiro welcomed the experience provided to his side by competing against Sporting Clube de Portugal and Buriram United F.C: “Both teams are very different kinds of opponent. But each game provided excellent preparation for our players ahead of the Al-Kass tournament. Games don’t get much tougher than playing against Sporting Clube de Portugal. We learned a lot about our current strengths and where we need to focus as a result of that match. In terms of our other game against Buriram United F.C., l’m satisfied that we achieved what we needed to. Our focus now is to fine tune and consolidate different elements of our game in readiness for the Al- Kass Cup”

The Tri-Series football tournament is a vital part of Apsire Academy’s commitment to enabling the sporting success of its student-athletes while providing a chance for students to compete head-to-head with world leading football clubs. The opportunity to play against opposition from some of the world’s most established footballing countries exposes the Academy’s players to different playing styles, management philosophies and tactics from around the globe.

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