Posted on February 07, 2013

Local footballers are battling it out at the Al-Markhiya Sports Club, as the 2013 Community Football Tournament gets into full swing in Doha. Qatar Airways is proudly supporting the event, which is organised jointly by the Qatar Stars League and the Qatar Cancer Society.

Algerian Football Team

Players from the Lebanese football team

Eighteen teams comprising different nationalities are competing in the knock-out event, which runs until February 19. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline was delighted to see the tournament get off to a great start. 

“As we approach National Sports Day next week and look forward to a year of top-class international sporting events in Doha, it’s fantastic to see our local sporting talent coming together to compete and celebrate the great sport of football,” he said.

“So far the matches have been extremely competitive, with local teams of different backgrounds and cultures taking to the field in highly charged games. We certainly look forward to enjoying all the football action and a very exciting build-up to the grand final match which will be held on Tuesday February 19 at Al Saad Stadium during a key Qatar Stars League match,” added Al Baker.

He congratulated Chairman of Qatar Cancer Society Dr Khalid Bin Jaber Al Thani and Chief Qatar Stars League Commercial Officer Abdulrahman Al Dosari for organising the tournament and ensuring its success. 

One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 119 aircraft to 124 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.

Kenyan Football Team

Over the next few weeks, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 20); Chengdu, China (March 19); Chicago, USA (April 10); and Salalah, Oman (May 22) with many more new start-ups planned.

Lebanon vs Palestine match