Capital Challengers assert supremacy in men’s and women’s events
KUWAIT CITY, April 30: In the opening Football and Handball tournament for the IDAK-KDD Sports Championship 2018-19, the Capital Challengers captained by Dr Jijan Sam Thomas and Dr Jolly Renjit asserted their total supremacy in both men’s and women’s events. In the thrilling final of Women’s Handball, between Capital Challengers and Hawally Hurricanes, the ladies literally fought tooth and nail to gain supremacy.
After the stipulated time, both teams were locked at 2-2 thanks to goals by Mrs Athira Mithun and Dr Anju Samuel for Capital Challengers and two stunning finishes by captain Dr Anjana Aneef of Hawally Hurricanes. In the penalty shoot-out, which saw some brilliant saves by the goalkeepers — Dr Renjitha R.S and Mrs Reena Jaison — both teams were again locked with the scores level.
The winner was then decided by the flip of a coin. Lady luck favored the women in red leaving the Hawalli ‘girls’ red-faced.
Earlier in the day, in the round robin league Hawally beat Capital 1-0 and tied with Ahmadi Avengers 1-1, while the Capital Challengers beat Ahmadi 1-0 to ensure a spot in finals. Dr Anjana Aneef who topscored in the tournament collected the best player award. In the Men’s football finals which saw another thriller, Capital Chal lengers goalkeeper Dr Sunil Thomas made two stunning saves during the penalty shoot-out to help his team clinch the cup 4-3. The Capital Challengers gained early lead through Dr Mohammed Zahid but the Ahmadi Avengers replied late in the match through an outstanding field goal by the young Sharath K.K. In the round robin league, Capital Challengers had managed to tie both games, while the Ahmadi Avengers defeated Hawally Hurricanes 2-1 after conceding an early goal. Dr Asheel Mohammed of Ahmadi Avengers bagged the ‘Best Footballer’ trophy.