The Qatar Indian Association for Football (QIA) announced the details of the grand final and closing ceremony of the City Exchange Ria IME QIA Champions League - All India Football Tournament yesterday.
The final match between City Exchange TJSV Tea Time FC and Team MBM will kick off at 8pm tomorrow at the Al Arabi Stadium. Before the title clash, a grand musical show will be held from 5pm and will feature artists from India, including playback singers Naresh Iyer and Sharanya Srinivasan, percussionist Sidharth Nagarajan and young reality show star Yumna Ajin.
The focus will then turn to the closing ceremony of the sixth edition of the QIA Champions League, which will be graced by dignitaries from the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Indian embassy and the Qatar Football Association (QFA), among others.
After that, the players will take to the pitch for the footballing action, with the team that prevails receiving the prestigious City Exchange Ria IME Trophy.
Organisers announced that entry will be free of charge. Around 12,000 fans are expected to attend and they will have the chance to win exciting prizes in raffle draws, in addition to other surprises.
Abdurrahman E P, president of QIA, thanked City Exchange, RIA-IME and all sponsors for their support to the tournament. He also promised QIA’s complete support to QFA for the successful organisation of the upcoming Amir Cup final.
MS Bukhari, QIA Chief Patron, spoke of QIA’s plans to honour prominent Qatari businessman Moataz al-Khayat and his company Baladna for their outstanding role in helping the country overcome the ongoing blockade.
Al-Khayat, who will grace the closing ceremony, has been at the forefront in ensuring Qatar’s self-sufficiency and food security during the blockade.
Hussain, Business Development Officer of City Exchange, spoke of his firm’s belief in supporting the expatriate sporting activities in Qatar and expressed their pride in being the title sponsor alongside Ria IME, and pledged their continued support while praising QIA’s organisation of the tournament.
The two finalists were determined after more than a month of intense footballing action, which saw 12 teams battle it out across three groups for a spot in the knockout stage. The two finalists TJSV and Team MBM, can count on quality players who have played in the I-League, the Santosh Trophy and at state and university levels in India.
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