By Sports Reporter/Doha
Al Shahania High School won the School League 2017-18 after beating Tariq Bin Zeyad High School 5-4 following a penalty shootout after the match ended goalless at Doha Stadium on Monday.
Omar Bin Abdulaziz secured third place in the tournament after beating Khalifa High School 1-0.
The only goal of the match was scored by Ahmed Mohamed Abdulmahmoud.
The final match and award ceremony was attended by Ibrahim Shaheen al-Sulaiti, Vice-Chairman of the Sub-Leagues Committee at the Qatar Football Association, Ali al-Mahmoud, Head of Sport & Culture at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Sheikh Ahmad al-Thani, Head of Sport Events at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Abdulrahman al-Muftah, Executive Director of the Qatar School Sports Association (QSSA), Hamad al-Mannai, QSSA board member, Nasser al-Malki, QSSA board member, Saeed al-Nabit, Al Shahania School Principal.
The award ceremony took place immediately after the match in which Al Shahania High School football team received gold medals and the trophy, and a cash prize of QR40,000, while Tariq Bin Zeyad High School football team received silver medals and a cash prize of QR30,000, and Omar Bin Abdulaziz High School football team received bronze medals and a cash prize of QR20,000.
Ibrahim Shaheen al-Sulaiti, Vice-Chairman of the Sub-Leagues Committee at the Qatar Football Association said: “We would like to congratulate all the three teams that made it this far, and specifically congratulate Al Shahania High School on winning the title of the fifth edition of the School League and for being champions for the second time.
“The School League has achieved its objective which is to spread the culture of playing football among the youth at the high school level. As part of its 2021 vision, the QFA constantly seeks to spread the game among the different segments of the community and the School League is one great example of this vision.”
Al-Sulaiti thanked the Qatar School Sports Association, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for their ongoing support of the School League that undoubtedly contributed to the success of the tournament this year. In its fifth edition, the league is the product of a fruitful cooperation between the QFA and the QSSA as it is in line with both organisations’ goals to instil a culture of football in society and among the youth. The league is under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Organised by the QFA in collaboration with the QSSA, the School League is sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy as the official strategic partner, Qatar National Bank as the exclusive financial partner, Nike as the official supplier, and Al Kass Sports Channels as the official broadcaster.
The fifth edition of the School League for the 2017-2018 sports season saw the participation of twenty male high-schools from across Qatar. Participating schools first played group stage matches, followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final match. Matches were officiated by official QFA referees to instil in young students the fundamental values of fair play. The first School League kicked off in 2013-14 in which Ibn Taimiya High School were crowned champions.
Mohamed Al Mana High School football team were champions of the second edition, while Al Shahania High School were champions of third edition, and Ahmed Bin Hanbal High School were champions of the fourth edition.
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