Posted on March 29, 2018

Lebanon will face India in the final of the sixth Asian Communities Football Tournament (ACFT) that is set to take place this Friday 30 March in Al Arabi Stadium at 7pm. 

India has won the semi-final against Jordan with the smallest margin of 1-0 while Lebanon thrashed Nepal 3-1 on 16 March. The best players of the semi-finals were India’s Mufeer Ali and Lebanon’s Husain Mansour. Jordan has automatically secured the third place in the tournament after Nepal withdrew from the third place decider match last week on 23 March which granted Jordan three points for a win. The final between Lebanon and India is expected to see huge community attendance as India and Lebanon community football teams hold a big fan base. 

The first place team will receive a cash prize of 15,000 Qatari Riyals, while second and third place teams will receive cash prizes of 10,000 Qatari Riyals and 5000 Qatari Riyals respectively. There will also be a special prize for the top scorer who will receive a cash prize of 5000 Qatari Riyals and a trophy. Other special prizes include giving trophies to the best player, best coach, and best goalkeeper. This year, a trophy will also be given to the best community fan base for the first time. Last year, the tournament title was won by Jordan while Lebanon were the runners-up after the hard-fought final ended in a score of 1-0 for Jordan. 

The ACFT is a community tournament which brings together various Asian communities residing in Qatar, and encourages them to play more football in a fun competitive environment. The ACFT falls under QFA’s Sub-Leagues Committee which oversees the organising of QFA’s tournaments that target the different segments of the community.  Other tournaments organised by the QFA Sub-Leagues Committee include the School League, University League, and Qatar Amateur League.