Doha: Kenya beat Ethiopia 7-1 and India thrashed Kazakhstan 7-0 as the second Aspire Embassies Futsal Tournament started at the Aspire Zone’s Ladies Sports Hall on Friday.
In the other matches of the tournament, backed by senior representatives from foreign embassies in Qatar in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Jordan mauled France 16-4, Sudan beat Algeria 8-4, MOFA’s team defeated Somalia 8-3, Djibouti got the better of South Africa, Aspire Zone beat Spain 8-3 and Syria defeated UK 6-2.
Tournament Director Mohammed Mubarak Al-Kuwari, who also plays for the Aspire Zone team, said the competition truly shows the diversity of the people who love the beautiful game in Qatar.
“I’m delighted to see all these enthusiastic diplomatic mission members and local community members play together.
“The performances were outstanding and I can already tell that competition will build as we head towards the knockout rounds. We have received very positive feedback from the Ambassadors during the first week of the tournament and we look forward to welcoming more teams as we continue its development.”
Eric CHEVALLIER, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar, said it was a beautifully organised event.
“This is a well-organised tournament with a good atmosphere – that’s why we wanted to be part of it. The French and other embassies are part of life here in Qatar and, though we lost today, we’re glad we participated. Shukran Aspire!”
Daniel Tanui, Deputy Ambassador of Kenya to Doha, added: “We participated in 2016 and really enjoyed it. It’s a good initiative that gives us an opportunity to enjoy sport while interacting with the local community. But it’s not just this one - we participate in many of local events, including National Sports Day, Qatar Community Football Tournament and African Embassies Football tournament. We love these events because Kenya is a sporting nation and they are always well executed.”
The next round of matches will be played on April 20 and 21.
The tournament is organised in line with AZF’s efforts to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among community members of all ages and to bring everyone together within an active environment. Football fans are also welcome to attend the tournament and cheer on their favourite teams.