QNB Stars League: Al Duhail Beat Al Sailiya 3-1

Al Duhail rallied to beat Al Sailiya 3-1 in Week 18 of the 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League at the Al Ahli Stadium on Saturday.League leaders Al Duhail bounced back after trailing by a goal till half-time.While Al Sailiya went up the lead through a p…

Al Duhail rallied to beat Al Sailiya 3-1 in Week 18 of the 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League at the Al Ahli Stadium on Saturday.

League leaders Al Duhail bounced back after trailing by a goal till half-time.

While Al Sailiya went up the lead through a penalty strike taken by Carlos Strandberg in the 28th minute, The Red Knights came out firing on all cylinders in the second half as Ferjani Sassi (57th minute), Michael Olunga (72nd minute) and Almoez Ali (90+8 minute) scored.

The win took Al Duhails tally to 42 points from 17 matches, while Al Sailiya remained in the 12th place with nine points from 18 games.

It was a strong challenge by Al Sailiya though who benefited from a foul when Ahmad Sebaie was brought down by Al Duhails Ismail Mohammed just inside the penalty area down left.

Having taken the lead, Al Sailiya kept making moves and Al Duhail had to be on their toes to defend their citadel.

In the second half, however, Al Duhail who recently lifted the Ooredoo Cup were a team possessed as Sassi picked on a long ball from Khaled Mohammed to effect a perfect header with a smooth finish into the left of the net.

It was not long before Al Duhail opened up spaces and Olunga crossed over a defender inside the D to score off a superb assist from the right by substitute Almoez Ali.

Al Duhail were all smiles once again towards the end when Olunga put through a fine pass for Almoez to beat an onrushing goalkeeper for his teams third and final goal in the final seconds of injury time.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Aspire Zone Foundation Ramadan Sports Festival Continues

Hosted by the Aspire Zone Foundation’s (AZF) stadiums and halls until April 8, the activities of the AZF Ramadan Sports Festival continued today.Among the festival’s activities, table tennis competitions were held in cooperation with Qatar Federation …

Hosted by the Aspire Zone Foundation’s (AZF) stadiums and halls until April 8, the activities of the AZF Ramadan Sports Festival continued today.

Among the festival’s activities, table tennis competitions were held in cooperation with Qatar Federation for People with Special Needs, Qatar Center of Social Cultural for the Deaf and the Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind, with the participation of 42 players divided into 4 categories, as part of the AZF’s endeavor to provide an opportunity for all members of society to enjoy the atmosphere of sports in the month of Ramadan, regardless of their skills and physical abilities.

The AZF had revealed its events schedule which includes 8 sports. Football competitions (men) are held at Al Bayt Stadium and will continue until April 8, as well as four-a-side football competitions (men) that will continue until April 1 on 5-a-side football pitches.

The Aspire ladies’ gym, in cooperation with the Sports Lab Center, hosts a futsal football event, while the women’s volleyball competition is held in the Aspire Dome’s volleyball hall.

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2nd Khalifa Squash Complex Open Kicks off Tomorrow

The 2nd Khalifa Squash Complex Open tournament kicks off tomorrow at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, and is set to conclude on April 6.The competitions will be categories based on gender and age: including girls U-15 and boys under 11…

The 2nd Khalifa Squash Complex Open tournament kicks off tomorrow at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, and is set to conclude on April 6.

The competitions will be categories based on gender and age: including girls U-15 and boys under 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19 years old, in addition to the men’s and the women’s categories.

Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation (QTSBF) Executive Director and the Tournament’s Director Saad Al Mohannadi said in a statement that this local tournament is of great importance, because it provides the opportunity for national teams’ players to interact with players of different squash schools, as well as it contributes to increasing the popularity and skill development of the game and its players.

Al Mohannadi added that this tournament is being held during the holy month of Ramadan, with the aim of maintaining the players’ technical and physical levels and promoting a healthy lifestyle throughout the year.

QTSBF Executive Director stressed the Federation’s keenness to facilitate national teams players’ participation in the largest number of tournaments, whether local or international.

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Ramadan Football Tournament Continues at Aspire

Organized by the Qatar Sports for All Federation (QSFA) at Aspire, the Ramadan football tournament’s competitions continued today and will run until April 7.HE Minister of Sports and Youth Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali attended part of the competitions.The …

Organized by the Qatar Sports for All Federation (QSFA) at Aspire, the Ramadan football tournament’s competitions continued today and will run until April 7.

HE Minister of Sports and Youth Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali attended part of the competitions.

The third round of the tournament will be held on Sunday, with a strong match between Al-Waab and Al-Nahda teams at 9:15 pm.

A large number of football stars, veterans, artists, and youth are taking part in the championship, which its competitions continue over five rounds. 40 players representing 4 teams participate in the Ramadan tournament which is held in a league system.

By organizing these tournaments, activities, and events, the QSFA aims to expand the base of participation in sports activity, encourage continuing practice of sports, and contribute to making sport a way of life through the current year’s calendar which includes 683 various sporting events.

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Thailand Beat Singapore in Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifiers

Thailand kicked off their Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifiers Round 1 campaign with a 6-0 win over Singapore on Saturday.Singapore’s hopes now depend on them defeating Mongolia on Tuesday, with Thailand to face the East Asi…

Thailand kicked off their Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifiers Round 1 campaign with a 6-0 win over Singapore on Saturday.

Singapore’s hopes now depend on them defeating Mongolia on Tuesday, with Thailand to face the East Asian side three days later.

The seven group winners from Round 1 will continue their quest in Round 2, which is expected to commence in October.

In the next round, they will be joined by the five highest seeded teams – DPR Korea, Japan, Australia, China PR and Korea Republic – and divided into three groups.

Four teams – the three group winners and the best-ranked runners-up – will then progress to Round 3 to play two pairs of home and away matches, slated for February 2024, with the eventual winners qualifying for the Womens Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024.

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AFC Reviews Asian Teams’ FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Performance

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted the annual National Coaches Online Session 2023 to analyze the performance of the Asian teams during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament.The virtual workshop, which featured a star-studded line-up …

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted the annual National Coaches Online Session 2023 to analyze the performance of the Asian teams during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament.

The virtual workshop, which featured a star-studded line-up of some of the world’s most celebrated football personalities, including the likes of German legend Jurgen Klinsmann and Switzerland’s Pascal Zuberbuhler, was yet another indication of the Confederation’s determination in ensuring the success of Asian teams on the world stage.

The program started with AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh giving participants a comprehensive overview of the performance of Asian teams in the World Cup.

“While there is still a long way to go, this FIFA World Cup was a wonderful demonstration of the potential that Asian teams possess,” said Roxburgh.

He added: “The Asian teams took on some of the biggest European and South American teams and produced results which have given us grounds for optimism.” The programme then delved into an in-depth discussion with the coaches of the Asian squads at the FIFA World Cup as they highlighted some of the common trends, drawing attention to the high number of goals that were scored from collective counter-attacks and crosses while also pointing out the distinct fall in the conversion rates of set-pieces.

The experts also alluded to the need for Asian teams to uplift their mental and physical fortitude as well as the requirement for coaches to develop a clear game plan for the teams to follow.

The conversation then moved on to the ever-evolving role of the modern goalkeeper where Swiss legend and FIFA Senior Football Expert Pascal Zuberbuhler emphasised the need for goalkeepers to be more in sync with the defensive line.

Participants got the opportunity to hear from 1990 FIFA World Cup champion and newly appointed Korea Republic Head Coach, Jurgen Klinsmann who hailed the laser sharp focus that was flaunted by some of the Asian teams, helping them power past former world champions such as Germany and Spain.

Before the virtual meeting concluded, participants discussed the key learnings from the tournament for long-term development, such as increasing the opportunity to play competitively at the elite youth level and the need to educate young players in the art of reading the game.

Source: Qatar News Agency