Posted on November 27, 2016

In its fourth week, the ‘Aspire Banks Tournament’, organised by Aspire Zone Foundation in collaboration with Qatar Central Bank, concluded with four thrilling matches between some of the tournament’s leading teams, including Qatar National Bank, Qatar Central Bank, Barwa Bank and Doha Bank.

Commenting on the outcomes, Mr. Abdullah Al Khater, Manager of Events at Aspire Zone Foundation, said: “The tournament gets better and more exciting each week. This week was full of surprises, as Barwa Bank took the lead from Qatar Central Bank after the latter drew against Doha Bank, leaving it in second place after leading in the previous weeks.” He added, “Such an impressive turnout from local banks tells us that Aspire Zone Foundation is heading in the right direction in terms of achieving its aim of promoting sporting culture among local members of the community and encouraging sports as a regular part of the daily routine.”

Qatar Central Bank loses 1 [].jpgGroup (A) matches saw Barwa Bank secure their third consecutive win, taking the lead with nine points after an exciting 3-1 win against Commercial Bank. On the other hand, Qatar Central Bank, who has been leading in the previous weeks, fell to second place after a 1-1 draw with opponents Doha Bank. Meanwhile, top teams from group (B) secured big wins against their opponents, with Qatar Islamic Bank dominating the pitch and winning 7-1 against Ahli Bank, securing six points. Qatar National Bank remained in top position following an easy 5-1 win against Masraf Al Rayyan.

Speaking before their big match against Doha Bank, Mr. Mohammed Eissa, coach of Qatar Central Bank’s team and last year’s “Best Coach” award winner, said: “The second edition of the tournament has seen remarkable change. The participation of all local banks in this tournament is an affirmation of its success. I would like to extend my gratitude to Aspire Zone Foundation for providing great support to players and participating teams throughout the tournament. That, in addition to Qatar Central Bank’s efforts, are contributing to this tournament’s huge success.”

When asked about his team’s preparations for the tournament, Mr. Eissa said, “Our team trained on a weekly basis, so we are familiar with each other and our playing styles. We try to study our opponent’s movements in each game and formulate strategies accordingly. We have started the tournament with great performance and we hope to continue on the same level in the upcoming matches.” This year’s tournament sees strong competition from twelve banks across Qatar, divided into two groups. Banks in group A include: Qatar Central Bank, Standard Chartered, Barwa Bank, Doha Bank, Commercial Bank and the International Bank of Qatar. Meanwhile, banks in group B include Qatar National Bank, Mashreq Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, Masraf Al Rayyan, Ahli Bank and the Qatar International Islamic Bank.

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The fifth week of the qualifying rounds is scheduled to see exciting matches with Qatar International Bank playing against Standard Chartered, Qatar International Islamic Bank set against Mashreq Bank, Commercial Bank playing against Doha Bank and Masraf Al Rayyan against Qatar National Bank.