Muscat: Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir (ISWK) lifted the U-15 Inter-School football trophy suring the tournament organized by TelyBoys at Al Ahli-Sidab Club.
The champion boys from ISWK beat the fast footed players from Indian School Al Seeb through penalty shootout with both teams level at 1-1 after the completion of fulltime.
The tournament organised as part of the Republic Day celebrations had the participation of Indian School Muscat, Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir, Indian School Darsait, Indian School Al Gubrah, Indian School Al Seeb and Indian School Muladha.
The teams were grouped into two pools with the top two teams from both the pools making it into the semifinals.
In the first semifinals Indian School Al Seeb beat Indian School Muladha and in the second semifinals ISWK edged past Indian School Al Ghubrah via penalties.
The quality of football on display was of very high class from the young lads showcased their talent to everyone present at the ground. The competitive spirit and the high levels of energy of the players showed their hunger for participating in such tournaments.
“We don’t have many football tournaments to participate in, therefore this is an excellent opportunity for our boys to showcase their potential” said one of the coaches of the school team.
The Chairman of Indian Social Club (ISC) Dr Satish Nambiar, the chairman of BoD of the Indian Schools in Oman Wilson George, PM Jabir, convenor of the ISC Kerala Wing and Mahboob from Al Watan gave away the trophies and awards to the winners.
Adish Gandhi of ISWK received the award for the best player, while Riju Justin from Indian School Al Seeb, won the accolades for the best goal keeper.
"We wanted to provide a platform for the school boys to showcase their talent and are truly overwhelmed with the response we have received for this tournament from the schools, parents and sponsors. The quality of football we have seen is brilliant therefore we have plans to make it bigger by involving more teams next year. We want to make this an annual event in the calendars of the Indian schools in Oman," said Tafsi Kannur of TelyBoys.
The exhibition match between Foodlands XI and Telyboys XI resulted in a huge defeat for the organisers. A fusion musical performance by R.H. Rahman and Arun Darbi and scrumptious food served by Foodlands restaurant on the sidelines of the tournament added to the attraction of the whole event.