Hempel, KFMMC, Zamil, Vallorec clinch Kingdom Dream Games openers

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Updated 22 February 2013

Hempel, KFMMC, Zamil, Vallorec clinch Kingdom Dream Games openers

The Kingdom Dream Games 2013 opened last Friday to mark the return of big-time basketball in the Eastern Province, with more than 40 teams turning out for the traditional parade at the Al Nahda Sports Club.
Hempel Paints, KFMMC, Zamil Offshore Company, Vallorec and Dammam All-Star are among the opening day winners. Preceding the games is the opening ceremony in which POLO OWWA Eastern Region Welfare Officer Emmanuel Toledo was the chief guest. The other guests that attended the event were Hempel Senior Area Manager P. Ramprasath, NCB Quickpay’s Remittance Supervisor Hussain Mahdi Al Hadban, Remittance Customer Service agent Zandren Gem Maralit Del Mundo and Land Bank of the Philippines Marketing Supervisor Alvin Palaypayon.
King Fahad Military Medical Complex was adjudged as the most organized team while ACGC Company won the Best in Uniform award.
The participating teams are as follows:
Premier League Division — FAEC, NPC, Bangus Restaurant, ARCC-EEI, Flash Cargo Riyadh All Star
Non-Rated A Division — Pampanga Falcons, Al Khobar Warriors of Tito Pineda, FAEC junior team, Jakals, IPSA Parents, Petrofac Notorious of Danny Quachon
Non-Rated B Division — UD Wolves, ISO Shooters, Dammam All Star, CIASI, Chance Team, GEYAD For Pressure Vessels & Still Building, STC.
Inter-Company 1 Division — Zamil Offshore Company, Petromin Oil, Hempel Paints, Al Hajry Co., Vallorec Company, Saudi Diesel Co.
Inter-Company 2 Division — KFMMC, ACGC Company, COSMA Company, NESMA Company, Hyper Panda Superstore, Al Nahda Group, Easternpak Company.
Inter-Company 3 Division — RHM Company, Petrofac Company, Mustang, Bai Aluminum Co., Abdul Karim Co., Al Khorayef Co.
Above 40 Division — IPSA Alamat, Sigma Paints, Khobar Warriors, Dallah All Star, Al Hajry, STC
This four and a half months competition is sponsored by Hempel Paints Saudi Arabia (Golden Sponsor), NCB Quickpay, Land Bank of the Philippines and Bangus Restaurant (Silver Sponsors), Trans Saudi Travel & Tour Agency (Bronze Sponsor), McDonald’s, Aujan and Almarai
Hempel Paint easily won its first match against hapless rival Petromin Oil of team manager Wilson Butch Pablo. The Hempel combo of power forward Maribao, Boado, Dizon, Caritativo and Tantay beat the lights out of Petromin starters Nuqui, Gutierez, Jaso, Anonuevo and Moraca. The first half ended 64-38 to Hempel.
Petromin Oil team chief Pablo was philosophical about the result. “We have done our part. Winning is only a secondary thing in our aim. What matters most is all of my charges feel that they were here to enjoy the game. This is only a first defeat, not yet end of the world,” he said.
Picked as FABA Best Player of the game was Maribao who said “We are all inspired because of the support and concern of our management. We will continue our mission to sweep the eliminations.”
Game results:
Hempel 64 Petromin Oil 38, KFMMC 84 ACGC 63, Zamil Offshore 68 Saudi Diesel 55, Dammam All-Star 84 Chance Team 80, Vallorec 73 Al Hajry 55
Games today:
7 a.m. Petromin Oil vs. Saudi Diesel 8:30 a.m. KFMMC vs. Easternpak 10 a.m. Abdul Karim vs. RHM 11:30 a.m. Hempel Paints vs Vallorec 1 p. m. Petrofac vs. Mustang 2:30 p.m. Pampanga Falcon vs. FAEC junior 4 p.m. Zamil Offshore vs. Al Hajry 5:30 p.m. Nesma vs. ACGC

World Cup live: Portugal vs. Morocco in Group B

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World Cup live: Portugal vs. Morocco in Group B

2.59pm: The size of the task facing Morocco this afternoon is demonstrated by the fact that Ronaldo has scored 33 goals in his last 23 games for club and country and has only failed to score in five of those games.

2.52pm: "The Moroccan fans are taking their seats and are already making a significant amount of noise," reports BBC Sport's Gary Flintoff. "They are dotted throughout the stadium, but there are thousands of them grouped together behind one of the goals."

2.45pm. "Ziyech is their playmaker and he's been instrumental at Ajax," said BBC Sport's Jermaine Jenas. "Technically, he's the one they need to be going through. He's got an eye for a pass and can glide past people. There are a lot of clubs looking at him. Morocco desperately need him today if they are to get anything out of the game."

2.42pm: Mexico '86 seems a long time but that is when these two last met at the World Cup. The Atlas Lions won that one 3-1. 

2.41pm: Cristiano Ronaldo needs just one goal to move outright second in the list of all-time international scorers.

2.39pm: Morocco's Mbark Boussoufa in the zone before the match at the Luzniki Stadium.



2.38pm: "It will be a different gamplan from Morocco," said BBC Sport's Kevin Kilbane. "They are going to have to play on the back foot."

2.35pm: "This Morocco side will feel they need to come out and produce a performance after their opening defeat," said BBC Sport's Jermaine Jenas. 

2.32pm: Morocco are chasing their first World Cup win since they beat Scotland 3-0 in France. Salaheddine Bassir (2) and Abdeljalil Hadda got the goals that day.

2.29pm: Cristiano Ronaldo is again partnered in attack by Goncalo Guedes, despite the Valencia forward's unimpressive form in a 3-3 draw with Spain. Joao Mario starts in midfield replacing Bruno Fernandes. 

2.28pm: Morocco coach Herve Renard has made three changes, with forward Khalid Boutaib replacing Ayoub El Kaabi, Manuel Da Costa coming in for Romain Saiss in central defense, and defender Nabil Dirar replacing winger Amine Harit.

2.14pm: Morocco need to bounce back from their agonising defeat against Iran but Portugal, and Ronaldo in particular, pose Herve Renard's men a monumental challenge at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
"We lost a battle but we haven't lost the war. We're not dead," said midfielder Faycal Fajr, one of 17 foreign-born players in Morocco's squad.

2.10pm: The surprise team news is that Nordin Amrabat has been passed fit for Morocco. He came off following a head injury against Iran and the feeling was he would not pass the concussion protocol.


It has not been the best World Cup so far for the Arab nations. Saudi Arabia were thrashed by Russia, Egypt lost late on to Uruguay, Morocco were floored by a sucker punch from Iran and then Egypt were beaten again, this time by Russia. But now Morocco have the chance to make up for that by pulling off the shock of all shocks against European champions Portugal. A win would go down as one of the biggest in their history and resuscitate their hopes of getting out of Group B. And you can follow our live coverage of the game at the Luzhniki Stadium right here, so stay tuned for our insight and opinion on events in Moscow.