Posted on April 01, 2018

The Ooredoo Temba Championship, organised by Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) in partnership with Ooredoo, concluded on Saturday evening as team ‘Samla’ were crowned Champions after a closely fought 9 – 6 victory against runners-up Al Zaeem.

The ‘Jordanian Community’ team finished in third place after a hotly contested match in which they defeated last year’s winners Zekreet by 12 goals to 8. Mohammed Ibrahim of Al Zaeem was named the tournament’s Top Scorer with 28 goals. Winners from ‘Samla’ received phones as prizes from the event’s sponsor, Ooredoo. Whilst second and third place winners received valuable cash prizes.

Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani, Chief New Business Officer at Ooredoo, Mr. Mustafa Jameel Al Qatami, Senior Director Marketing Communications & Brand at Ooredoo, Mr. Nasser Abdullah Al-Hajri, Director of PR and Communications at AZF, and Mr. Mohammed Al Hamadi, Manager of the Tournament at AZF attended the closing ceremony and awarded the winners.

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Commenting on the conclusion of this year’s event, Mr. Mohammed Al Hamadi, Manager of the Tournament at AZF, said: “We’re very pleased both with the level of competition amongst participating teams, as well as strong attendance and engagement from local football fans. We congratulate this year’s winners and wish the teams that weren’t successful the best of luck for next year. We had a number of teams compete for the first time this year – including ‘Samla’ and the ‘Jordanian Community’ teams – and they’ve impressed everyone with their performances. The defeat of last year’s champions Zekreet came as a surprise to everyone.”

He added: "Following the great success of the tournament last year, we have collaborated with Ooredoo once again to bring the completion back for a second consecutive year. And thanks to its popularity, together with Ooredoo we’re looking at options for turning this competition into a regular fixture in AZF’s annual sporting calendar. We hope to organize an even bigger and better tournament next year."

Mr. Mustafa Jameel Al Qatami, Senior Director Marketing Communications & Brand at Ooredoo, added: “This year’s tournament saw great participation from football enthusiasts, with 16 teams taking part. Our support for this tournament stems from Ooredoo’s strategy to support various sports, community and educational activities around Doha. As the saying goes – healthy body, healthy mind. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from Aspire Zone Foundation for organising the event and contributing to making it a big success. We’ll certainly be taking part in future events with AZF. We’re already talking about how to build on this year’s success and introduce bigger and better surprises next year."

The ‘Ooredoo Temba’ football tournament kicked off on Monday, 26 March. Over the past few days, 16 teams have competed for glory in a number of thrilling matches. These were played on Aspire Zone’s five a side football pitches, laid with FIFA-approved artificial turf and entirely solar powered in line with AZF’s commitment to supporting the Environmental pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030. What also differentiates these five-a-side pitches is the caged net that surrounds them on all sides designed to prevent the ball from leaving the field. That means matches are played without corner strikes or throw-ins. This keeps the players moving throughout the match making it physically and mentally challenging, in spite of the pitches’ relatively smaller size compared with a normal football pitch.

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Commenting on the tournament, Mohammed Ahmed, captain of the winning team Samla said: "This is the first time that we’ve participated in the Ooredoo Temba, and we’re very pleased with our performance. We decided to join at the last minute because we were already committed to another amateur football tournament. We’re enormously proud to have won both that tournament as well as the Ooredoo Temba. The level of competition was very high, particularly Al Zaeem, who were an extremely tough team to beat. I think we can attribute our victory to our teamwork – the result of playing with each other for more than six years. The tournament was very well organised and we hope to take part in next year’s event.”

Mohammed Obaidat, captain of the ‘Jordanian Community’ team added: “We’re happy to finish in third place, even though our goal was to win this tournament. I played with a different team last year called ‘Al Quds’ and we finished in fourth place. I hope we have better luck next year. This year was more challenging and the competition was definitely stronger, which made the competition more thrilling and challenging.”

This year’s teams were split into four groups. The teams competing in Group A were “Al Waab”, “Zekreet”, “Jordanian Community” and “Milan”. Group B included teams “Al Jawareh”, “Egypt”, “Black Star” and “My City”. Group C included teams “Samla”, “Almatar”, “QBC” and “APG”. While Group D included teams “Alzaeem”, “Omani Community”, “Al Wajba” and “Kosovo.”

More information on Aspire Zone Foundation’s year-round programmes and events can be found on AZF’s social media channels, through the ‘Life in Aspire’ smartphone app, or the website http://www.lifeinaspire.qa.

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