The Aspire Embassies Futsal Tournament has entered a decisive phase as competing teams battle it out to stay in the competition. The group stages are now drawing to a close with the quarter-finals due to start this Saturday, 20 April.

The group stage saw a number of thrilling matches between various embassies. As a result of the games played to date, Jordan, Bosnia and the Sultanate of Oman are currently leading their groups A, B and C, respectively; while the team from MOFA sits at the top of group D with 4 points.

Young fans from Bosnia
Young fans from Bosnia
Cheering for Japan!
Cheering for Japan!

A number of senior members from the country’s various Embassies attended the games during the tournament, including the Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq HE Dr Abdul Sattar Hadi Al Janabi and Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to the State of Qatar HE Ali Ibrahim Ahmed.

Al Janabi praised Aspire Zone Foundation for the well-planned tournament.

This is the first time that the Iraqi Embassy has participated in this outstanding initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar. It is a great opportunity for our colleagues to step outside of the more formal environment that we’re used to and interact with one another and build stronger ties between each of the embassies and our colleagues. This is of course part and parcel of what sports diplomacy is all about and demonstrates how it brings countries together.’

Ambassador Ahmed of Eritrea also extended his thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and AZF for making it possible for members of the diplomatic community for the opportunity to strengthen relations and build solidarity among nations.

I also would like to thank my colleagues in the diplomatic corps for taking part and making the most of this opportunity to get to know each other better.’

Aspire Zone Foundation is inviting all members of the various expat communities taking part in the tournament to cheer for their teams at Aspire Zone Ladies Sports Hall. Please check the schedule below:

Futsal Embassies Tournament schedule

This popular tournament which emerged from the mini edition of the Aspire Ramadan Festival in 2015, and presents an excellent opportunity for participants to get together away from the usual work environment and take part in a fun and challenging competition. This year’s tournament is sponsored by Vodafone Qatar, in partnership with Al Rayyan Water and Corona Café.

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