Dubai: Competition in the Dubai Schools Football Cup is heating up with title-contenders emerging during the fourth week of the event.
In the under-15 boys’ age group, Sabis Choueifat school is now tied at the top in standings with Dubai National School, who had been clear winners from first week with 21 points each.
The Sabis Choueifat boys displayed some great talent on the pitch, winning three matches on Saturday. Following closely behind with 18 points each are Al Shafie and Rashid Bin Saleh Schools.
With two more weeks to go in the group stages, the air is thick with excitement as teams vie to qualify for the quarterfinals with their sights set on the big prize: the trip of a lifetime to Old Trafford in the UK to participate in a football clinic with Manchester United coaches and watch one of their Premier League games at the iconic stadium.
The Cup is also helping to discover Dubai’s young football talent as coaches from across Dubai’s Clubs and the Spanish Soccer School scout talent, keenly observing all the players on the pitch.
“The Dubai Schools Football Cup is providing us with a unique opportunity to witness and encourage the skills of school children from all across Dubai. Within the first weeks of the tournament we have already seen high-quality matches and young players with real talent and myself and the coaches at the Dubai Sports City Football Academy have taken note of their abilities.
“In fact, we have reached out to a number of students to discuss how we can help develop their skills and pave the way to take their games forward to the next level and beyond — and, who knows, maybe even to professional football,” said Michel Salgado, director of Dubai Schools Football Cup.
In the under-12 boys’ section, one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament was played between Al Shafie School and Hatta Primary School for Boys. Al Shafie came away with a thumping 10-0 win. The event is being sponsored by Chevrolet and Emirates NBD.