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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.