Monday 10 December 2018
du Football Champions announces Abu Dhabi Emirate qualifying teams for National Semi-finals
Abu Dhabi, UAE –10 Dec 2018 – The Abu Dhabi leg of du Football Champions, home of the official UAE Schools and Streets Cups and UAE Girls Challenge, ended as the battle for a place in the National Semi-finals heated up this weekend at Zayed Sports City.
After a day of fierce football fraught with nail biting tension, anticipation and the best action on the grass as yet, the scores are in. Topping the schools, the British School Al Khubairat set records by securing a spot in the national du Football Champions semi-finals for two of the Schools Cup age categories and the Girls Challenge, the first for a single school to qualify in 3 categories. In an early upset, the BSAK boys U16 lost their first match this season to qualifying team Our Own English High School Al Ain in a 1-0 opener. “It’s a tough loss, but that’s the game,” said BSAK coach, Robert Kirkland. “We’re really pleased for our three other teams, who are going through. We look forward to coming back to the national semi-finals and plan to keep our Boys U14 Title,” he added.
The stakes are high for BSAK boys U14 who will be giving it their all to hold on to their crowning title for the second year in a row. “If their performance so far is anything to go by, they have a good chance in taking home the trophy again. But we have to see what sort of teams the Northern Emirates and Dubai will put up this year,” said David Iglesias, Tournament Technical Director.
ADNOC Schools Boys U14 also made it through and will potentially face-off against Defending Champions in March. “This is our fourth year at du Football Champions having participated in the very first tournament. Du Football Champions has helped shape our players as leaders and students giving them something to look forward to on their school calendar. The team is thrilled that we will be representing Abu Dhabi as one of the best U14 teams in the Emirate,” said coach Bogdan.
In the UAE Streets Cup Boys U16 category, Al Ain teams cleared the bar with both teams qualifying from the desert oasis. TeamX and Al Ain City excelled as the two strongest teams out of the 16 coming through the group stages this weekend. Al Ain City held onto their lead with the skin of their teeth finally squeezing their way through when The Friends conceded the deciding goal in the final shot of a tense penalty shootout.
In the UAE Streets Cup Boys U14 FC Phoenix and Dragon Academy are thrilled to make it through.
On the last day of play in the Abu Dhabi leg of the tournament, LaLiga scouts were on the lookout for talent, as they narrow down their search for their top talent selection from Abu Dhabi, who will be invited for trials at du LaLiga High Performance Centre. Their top talent selection will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
To maximize their chances of catching the eyes of scouts, all young football hopefuls rushed to create their profiles on du Talents, the Middle East’s 1st Digital Scouting Talent Platform.
du Football Champions continues its search for talent in the Northern Emirates in January 2019
About du Football Champions
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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