IISJ team shines at Panipat tournament

Updated 04 January 2013
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IISJ team shines at Panipat tournament

The football team of International Indian School Jeddah made remarkable achievement in the recently concluded CBSE national football championship, which was held at DAV Public School, Panipat in the Indian state of Haryana on Dec. 12-17.
The IISJ team won a place in the first eight in the championship, in which 37 teams from India and abroad took part, representing cluster winners and runners. The tournament was conducted on a league cum knock out basis.
The teams were divided in to eight pools and IISJ was in Pool B. In the pool matches IISJ defeated Abu Dhabi Indian school with a margin of 2-0 and Ayman Mohd Khan and Nikhil Ramesh scored the goals.
In the second match IISJ drew with Viswaprakash central school, Trivandrum and its goal was scored by Syed Furqan Mehdi.
In the third league match IISJ defeated Bokaro Ispat School (SAIL Football Academy) 1-0. The lone goal was scored by Ihsanuddin V.P.
In the pre-quarter final IISJ defeated DPS Sharjah with a goal scored by Mansoor and qualified for the quarterfinals. In the quarters IISJ lost to DAV Public School, NIT campus Jamshedpur (Tata Football Academy).
The national championships was won by DAV Public School, Jamshedpur.
The IISJ was represented by the following players: Faris Mohd Ayoob (captain), Ihsanuddin VP, Adil Ayoob, Nikhil Ramesh, Omer Mohd Saleem, Mohd Shaz, Adnan Jameel, Syed Furquan Mehdi, Mohd Nihal, Mohd Ahmed, Mansoor, Misairi Mohd, Ayman Mohd Khan, Akhil Mohammed. Abdul Rasheed Alikkal was the team manager.
Throughout the tournament IISJ players displayed good performance, especially Faris Mohd Ayoob and Mohd Shaz in defense, Ayman Ahmed Khan in midfield and Nikhil Ramesh, Furqan and Ihsanuddin in the forward-line. Goalkeeper Omer Mohd Saleem made some spectacular saves during the tournament.


Saudi Arabia step up their World Cup preparations by flying to Switzerland for training camp

Updated 20 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia step up their World Cup preparations by flying to Switzerland for training camp

  • Squad of 28 to be based in Zurich
  • Friendlies on the horizon against Italy and Peru

Juan Antonio Pizzi has taken a 28-man squad to Zurich for the final stage of the Green Falcons’ World Cup preparations.
The party flew out of Jeddah late last night and landed in Switzerland early this morning. There they will be joined by Fahad Al-Muwallad and Salem Al-Dawsari who will fly in from Spain after playing for Levante and Villarreal on Saturday night.
The three-week training camp in the Swiss resort town of Bad Ragaz gives Pizzi the chance to get stuck into some intense tactical and physical work with his players and decide which five players to leave out of his squad. He must whittle down his list down to 23 by June 4, which gives the players get two final chances to stake their claim for a seat on the plane in friendlies against Italy on May 28 and Peru on June 3. By the time they play Germany in Leverkusen on June 8, Pizzi will have named his party for the assignment in Russia.
Pizzi is clearly much nearer knowing who he will take as he has only made minor changes to the squad he named for the recent wins against Greece and Algeria.
Al-Ittihad goalkeeper Assaf Al-Qarni replaces his club teammate Fawaz Al-Qarni as the fourth stopper in the squad, as Pizzi looks settled on retaining Al-Ahli duo Yasser Al-Mosaileem and Mohammed Al-Owais in addition to Al-Hilal’s Abdullah Al-Mayouf. One of those four will fail to make the cut as no team takes four goalkeepers to the World Cup.
There were no changes in the backline where the former Chile boss is opting for harmony. Eight of the nine defenders called up ply their trade at Al-Hilal or Al-Ahli, while Al-Nassr’s Omar Hawsawi rounds off the selection. One defender might have to make way and Al-Hilal teammates Mohammad Jahfali and Ali Al-Bulayhi could well find themselves vying for one spot on the plane to Moscow.
Abdullah Otayf and Taisir Al-Jassim look to be firm favorites to make the starting XI in the base of midfield, while the third central spot is up for grabs. Hussein Al-Moqahwi has regularly featured in that position, but Salman Al-Faraj’s return from a long injury saw him start both friendlies in the Spain training camp. Abdulmalik Al-Khaibari could emerge as the more conservative midfield enforcer against stronger sides.
The center of the pitch is where the most intense battle of positions will take place. As many as three midfielders could be left behind come June 4. Ibrahim Ghaleb has already been left out and he may be joined by Al-Shabab duo Hattan Bahebri and Abdulla Al-Khaibari. One of Mohammad Kanno and Mohammed Al Kuwaikbi could be the last man to be dropped in two weeks’ time.
Up front, Harun Kamara, a surprise call-up for the recent friendlies, failed to retain his spot in the squad so Mohannad Assiri and Mohammed Al-Sahlawi will battle it out for the sole striker position.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Mosaileem (Al-Ahli); Abdullah Al-Mayouf (Al-Hilal); Assaf Al-Qarni (Al-Ittihad)
Defenders: Motaz Hawsawi, Saeed Al-Muwallad, Mansour Al-Harbi (Al-Ahli); Osama Hawsawi, Mohammed Jahfali, Ali Al-Bulayhi, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal); Omar Hawsawi (Al-Nassr).
Midfielders: Abdullah Al-Khaibari, Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab); Abdulmalik Al-Khaibari, Abdulla Otayf, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohammed Kanno, Nawaf Al-Abid (Al-Hilal); Taisir Al-Jassim, Hussein Al-Moqahwi (Al-Ahli); Mohammed Al-Kuwaikbi (Al-Ettifaq); Salem Al-Dawsari (Villarreal); Fahad Al-Muwallad (Levante); Yahya Al-Shehri (Leganes)
Forwards: Mohammed Al-Sahlawi (Al-Nassr); Mohannad Assiri (Al-Ahli)