Monday 26 November 2018
Final day of
du Football Champions Abu Dhabi Group Stages sees Blow-out Matches
Teams Announced for Knockout Stages
Abu Dhabi, UAE - 26 Nov 2018 –Abu Dhabi group stages of du Football Champions, home of the official UAE Schools and Streets Cups and UAE Girls Challenge, ended on a high note at Zayed Sports City.
All categories played with the UAE Schools and Streets Cup saw some of the most exciting matches. Parents and friends came out in droves to support their players and capture their play on video and photos, which they will upload on du Talents, du’s new online scouting platform.
Scouts were able to capture some high potential talent to look out for the best of Abu Dhabi’s youngest players – from as young as 9 and 10 years.
“The younger the players, the more time we have to develop them to become pro-footballers. From our experience, it’s the time to build good habits and leadership skills,” said David Iglesias, senior LaLiga Scout. He added “However, we want to develop talent at all ages. We have seen today a few excellent players across all categories, both boys and girls, and we look forward to inviting them for trials to join the du LaLiga HPC in the weeks to come.”
In the final game of Schools Cup Boys U16 Group E, Abu Dhabi Indian School Muroor campus secured their lead with an easy 5-0 win against Merryland International. In the Streets Cup Boys U16 Group F, Dragon Academy and Al Shahama were equal across the board going into the final games with the deciding factor of a 3-point goal difference tipping the scales in favor of Dragon Academy. Dragon Academy will likely meet LaLiga Academy Boys U16, also the top of their group having won all three matches, in the knockout round.
With the last day of Abu Dhabi Groups completed, teams are preparing for the knockout round on Dec 8. The best in each category in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain meet in Zayed Sports City in two weeks to compete for their place in the UAE Semifinals.
Streets U14 hopefuls Dragon Academy coach Ahmed Sakr said, “We had a tough time today but are thrilled to have made it through. du Football Champions is the best tournament and the one event we look forward to year on year.”
This week’s crowning story came from Raha International School coached by Desiree Small. Although Raha has played in du Football Champions since 2015, the school never had enough girls interested in playing football.
“Last year however, we started putting a team together and it gained traction among the girls. Seeing the success of the boys in the tournament encouraged the girls to play. Day by day, I saw them get better. We jumped on the opportunity to register in du Football Champions this year with a girls’ team for the first time. And the hard work paid off. I am so proud that we qualified for the Abu Dhabi knock-outs, winning all our games. The girls played really well. We’re also happy that the Raha Boys U16 team are through again too, which is super,” said Coach Small.
“We look forward to battling it out on December 8th for our chance to make it to the semi-finals and to catch LaLiga scouts’ eyes for a potential spot for the girls at du LaLiga HPC,” she added.
For the latest on who’s who in duFC and what footballers are up to in the UAE, stay connected via du Talents, the Middle East’s 1st Digital Scouting Talent Platform allowing footballers to be discovered by , already “X amount of people” people have partaken in the weekly challenges, join now and be discovered!
du Football Champions is a nationwide initiative featuring the UAE’s official Schools Cup and Streets Cup and is the only international youth football scouting platform in partnership with LaLiga. Conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Dubai Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Sharjah Sports Council, du Football Champions aims to achieve sustainable human development through the discovery of promising talents, who will raise the bar on sports excellence at local and national levels as they aim to become the next generation of professional male and female footballers.
Played to world-class standards, the Cups are conducted at a national level and played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The Championship is open to boys and girls aged 10-17 and will pave the way for youth to cultivate their sporting talents and aptitudes by enabling them to participate either through their school or together with their friends.
To register your school or for sponsorship opportunities visit: www.dufc.ae
Full games results are posted on www.dufc.ae
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