The seventh edition of the Workers Cup, the annual football tournament organised by Qatar Stars League (QSL) and sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), kicks off this Friday – 7 December – at Al Sadd Sports Club.
The draw for the 2019 tournament was recently conducted at Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel in Aspire Park, where SC and QSL representatives were joined by captains and coaches of last year’s finalists – champions Nakheel Landscapes and runners-up Doha Pest Control and Cleaning Company.
The title will be contested by a number of companies who have direct links to the SC and its flagship legacy programme, Generation Amazing. More than 600 players are expected to take to the field during the event, including current and former contractors engaged in 2022 FIFA World Cup™ projects.
Matches for the 2019 tournament will be played every Friday at Al Sadd Sports Club until the showpiece final on 25 January next year. General admission to the final is free and everyone is welcome to attend. More than 15,000 people attended last year’s matches, with 8,000 fans at the final game.
Speaking after the draw, Hassan Rabiah Al Kuwari, Executive Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications at QSL, said the tournament has grown in stature, and creates a positive impact on the community through the power of football.
It’s a matter of pride for QSL to organise a highly popular event that provides all sports fans with a platform to play the game, keep them healthy and test their football skills.’
SC Communications Director Fatma Al Nuaimi said the Workers Cup is now firmly established as a key tournament in Qatar’s sporting calendar.
Over the years we’ve seen the event contribute to improving the health and wellness, especially of people engaged in 2022 FIFA World Cup™ projects and I’ve no doubt this year’s tournament will bring more success – both on and off the field. I’m looking forward to a stand-out edition of the tournament and I wish everyone the best of luck.’
Nakheel Landscapes captain Akram Al Hamdawi, winner of last year’s tournament said the Workers Cup gives them all a chance to enjoy the spirit of football. He said that ‘nothing unites people like football and winning the competition last year brought the management and workers closer together’.
Runners-up winner, Doha Pest Control, represented by its captain Richard Donkor also said that the tournament allows them to showcase talents and at the same time, enjoy football, ‘we enjoy a real sense of harmony and unity when we play together and we hope to go one step further this time around’.
For more information about the tournament, visit workerscup.qa.