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Saudi keep futsal crown - Gulf Daily News
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:55
futsalwireGulf Daily NewsBy Rami Hulayyel , Posted on » Thursday, September 15, 2011 SAUDI Arabia retained the GCC Futsal Championship for the Hearing Impaired in style, defeating Kuwait 14-1 yesterday. On the concluding day of the tournament, held at Khalifa Sports City's ...

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 Thursday, September 15, 2011 SAUDI Arabia retained the GCC Futsal Championship for the Hearing Impaired in style, defeating Kuwait 14-1 yesterday.

On the concluding day of the tournament, held at Khalifa Sports City's indoor stadium, the Saudis put up a spirited show to register their fourth successive win and emerge as the only unbeaten team.

Majed Al Asmari and Majed Al Shammari inspired the Saudis to this emphatic victory, scoring six goals apiece, while Abdulmajeed Jawadi and Hamad Al Amri fired one each.

Kuwait's consolation was scored by Mohammed Al Shammari.

Saudi Arabia took the title of the previous edition, hosted in Kuwait in 2009, after a gruelling competition with Oman.

This emphatic win helped the Saudis finish on a high note with an unprecedented record of 12 points from four matches.

UAE were at the bottom with just one point from four games.

Finishing second overall after the fifth and final day were the Omani team, the previous edition runners-up, with seven points.

Bahrain, who clinched the title in 1999, completed the podium by finishing third after a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the UAE later yesterday.

The Emiratis were leading 3-2 with less than 10 minutes remaining.

However, the Bahrainis fought back bravely in the closing stages and scored two consecutive goals by Akbar Salman and Mohammed Salem to turn the tables on their opponents.

Salem scored twice in Bahrain's victory while Farooq Ebrahim and Salman fired one each.

The UAE goals came from Ismail Al Hammadi, Rashid Al Shamsi and Ayman Al Meqbali.

Yesterday's matches were followed by the awarding ceremony, which was held under the patronage of GCC Organising Committee for the Sports of the Disabled chairman Shaikh Ahmed bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Ahmed, who presented the trophies and side prizes to the tournament's key players, congratulated Saudi Arabia on winning the trophy and wished other teams success in future championships.

Side prizes included the top scorer trophy, which went to Majed Al Asmari of Saudi Arabia who had 20 goals.

The championship, which was the 44th event of the GCC Organising Committee for the Sports of the Disabled, was organised jointly by the committee and the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation (BDSF).

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) and Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company (BKIC) supported the event as gold and silver sponsors, respectively.

Other sponsors were Chevron Bahrain, Banagas, Bahrain National Insurance Company, Galaxy Travel and Tourism as well as Monroe Hotel.