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Arab Investment, Moroccans draw Palestine rally late for 2-1 win over Burkina

KUWAIT CITY, May 12: The Diplomatic Soccer tournament entered the second day Monday with four group stage matches played at the Bayan Park. Following shaky starts for some of the teams on the opening day resulting in heavy losses, matches for the second day’s fixtures showed the level of preparedness and determination on the part of the teams to play competitively in the tournament. The first game on pitch number one saw Arab Investment Corporation take on Moroccan diplomats in a very tough encounter with the match ending a 2-2 drawn game after thirty minutes of hard play.

Iran and Senegal squared up in a highly competitive and skillful match on pitch number two that ended in a goalless draw at the end of regulation time. And despite opening the scoring in their encounter against Palestine, Burkina Faso failed to defend their advantage as the Palestine Diplomats rallied from behind to slot in two quick goals in the second half, closing the game 2-1 in their favor. Turkey managed to score a lone goal in the second half to finish 1-0 against Indonesia in the final match of the evening.

Speaking to Arab Times on the sidelines of the games, Palestinian Ambassador Rami Tahboob emphasized the importance of the tournament which he said first of all gets diplomats together away from the rigors of official duties for social interactions. Sports, he added, “Is a very noble activity for advancing friendships among people”. With the Palestine Embassy only a year old in Kuwait, the Palestinian team is participating in the event for the first time, but had participated in a similar tournament held during last year’s Ramadan under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Palestinian top diplomat noted further that the tournament is a very good opportunity for non- Kuwaitis to get to know Kuwaitis, interact for a better understanding of each other.  Tournament day three, Tuesday, promises to be the start of the nine- match schedule for the rest of the time left in the 7- day tournament. Tuesday’s fixtures are as follows: Sudan vs USA; Jordan vs Russia; Tunisia vs Eritrea; Iraq vs Bangladesh; Nigeria vs United Nations; Chad vs Iran; Senegal vs Indonesia; Egypt vs Arab Investment Corp; Morocco vs Burkina Faso. The tournament ends Sunday, May 18.

Turkey    1    Indonesia    0
Palestine    2    Burkina    1
Arab Inv Corp    2    Morocco    2
Senegal    0    Iran    0

By Iddris Seidu
Arab Times Staff


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