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CFC Salmiya crowned Turf War Cup ’19 champions

Real Goal Academy Chief Coordinator Noushad handing over the trophy to CFC Salmiya

Young Shooters, Abhasiya runners-up

KUWAIT CITY, April 24: A star studded CFC Salmiya emerged champions of the 4th edition Turf War Cup 2019 – All India 7-a-side football tournament held under floodlights at Mishref grounds on April 19, 2019.

The one-day tournament was organized by Real Goal Academy, an upcoming academy that is set to start football coaching in Kuwait shortly.

Real Goal Academy consists of dynamic members such as Baby Noushad Palliyalil, Sanin, Mansour, Thaher, etc.

In the exciting finals, CFC Salmiya beat defending champions Young Shooters, Abhasiya by a 2-0 margin scoring either side of the break. Young striker Fasil scored both the goals off excellent moves by captain Jineesh Kuttappu who dazzled all throughout.

16strong teams took part in the one-day tournament. A large number of spectators witnessed the tournament. Earlier in the semifinals, CFC beat Silver Stars while Young Shooters got the better of favorites FC Sparx.

The tournament was supported by Nuu Mobile, Costo, BEC, Dahlia Furnished Apartments, Para John, Sohela, Boushahri Commission Trad & Shipping, Al Rihab, Sportec, Fast Track, Habeebi Perfumes, 360 Media, etc. A number of dignitaries were in attendance. Present on the occasion were O.K. Razak, TV Saddiq (KEFAK President), Ashique Cadiri, SVM Safarullah, Sports Secretary – KEFAK, Gulam Muhammed Musthafa, Norman Noronha, Robert Bernard, Muhammed VM, Basheer, Abdul Lateef, Zaheer Alakkal, etc. Goan footballer Gasper Crasto compered the event. Photographs were captured by Noushad Palliyalil.

At the prize distribution ceremony, in a noteworthy gesture, Real Goal Academy honored some of the stalwart footballers from Kerala and Goa with Iconic Footballer Awards for their contribution towards Indian football in Kuwait and the Indian community in general.

The Iconic awardees included Kerala legends O.K. Abdul Razak, Ashiq Qadiri, and Navelim Goa ex-defender Norman Noronha.

Kerala player Prince, ex Mahatma Gandhi University footballer, who is leaving Kuwait for good, was presented with a memento by Real Goal Academy.

The organizers also had special artefact mementos for all the sponsors, KIFF federation, Abdul Lateef, Zaheer Alakkal, etc, and compere Gasper Crasto.

Prizes were presented at the hands of the sponsor and attending dignitaries.

In his vote of thanks, chief coordinator of Real Goal Academy Baby Noushad Palliyalil thanked all the participating teams, officials, sponsors and everyone who rendered their help in making the tournament a grand success.

Apart from trophies for winners, runners-up and semifinal losers, the winners and runner-up teams were awarded cash prizes and glittering individual trophies.

Brothers Kerala won the prestigious Fair Play Trophy.

Following other prizes were awarded at the presentation ceremony:

Best Player of the Tournament – Jineesh Kuttappu (CFC Salmiya)

Best Goal Keeper of the Tournament – Rasik (Young Shooters)

Man of the Match (Final) – Fasil of CFC (Salmiya)

Best Defender –Sidiq (Young Shooters)

Top Scorer of the Tournament – Jithin Jacob (FC Sparx)

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