Posted on March 26, 2018

Mali community football team were crowned champions of the second African Embassies Cup after beating Burkina Faso 2-1 last week at Al Arabi Stadium training field. Sudan secured third place in the tournament after thrashing Ethiopia 4-1 a few days prior to the final match.

The final match was attended by Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and a number of African ambassadors including H.E. Mr. Abdelaziz Sebaa, Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Bare, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin, H.E. Mr. Adama Compaore , Ambassador of the Republic of Burkina Faso, H.E. Mr. Metasebia Tadesse Woldegiorgis, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Cheick Ahmed Tldiany Diakite, Ambassador of the Republic of  Mali, H.E. Dr. Haruna Bawa Abdullahi Wase, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Mr. Faizal Moosa, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr. Fatah Elrahman Ali Mohammed Omer, Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan, H.E Mrs. Fatma Mohammed Rajab, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania.

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Organised by the African embassies in collaboration with the QFA, the draw ceremony took place in early February at the Algerian Embassy in Doha and tournament kick-off was on 15 February. This year, the tournament featured the participation of 10 African community football teams divided into two groups of five teams including Group A teams which includes South Africa, Algeria, Eretria, Mali, and Ethiopia and Group B teams which includes Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, and Burkina Faso.  Khalid Al Kuwari, QFA’s Director of Marketing and Communications and Algerian Ambassador Mr. Abdelaziz Sebaa awarded Mali as champions during the closing ceremony.

Sudan and Burkina Faso were awarded their prizes at the closing ceremony by H.E. Mr. Fatah Elrahman Ali Mohammed Omer, Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan, H.E. Mr. Faizal Moosa, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr. Metasebia Tadesse Woldegiorgis, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Cheick Ahmed Tldiany Diakite, Ambassador of the Republic of Mali, and H.E. Mr. Adama Compaore, Ambassador of the Republic of Burkina Faso. Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Qatar Football Association said: “The QFA is pleased to support the African Embassies Cup as we are constantly aiming to strengthen the role of football within the local community, and instill a culture of practicing more football by creating a suitable environment for the teams. The QFA has supported the tournament by securing stadiums, referees, match balls, and tournament regulations to ensure the tournament is played in an organised manner.”

The first edition of the tournament was held back in December 2016 and was launched under the auspices of 17 African embassies in Qatar and was a collaboration with the QFA.

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