Knights Group B champion in Titan Watch–JBL tourney

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Inter-Company Group A champion Al-Arabi. (AN photos)
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Non Rated Group B champion Knights with Ahmad Peradilla of Jeddah Dawah Center.
Updated 18 May 2017
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Knights Group B champion in Titan Watch–JBL tourney

JEDDAH: The Knights of coach Rey Maddatu beat Movenpick 99-93 to claim the Group B championship crown in the Titan Watch-JBL Invitational Basketball Tournament at Nazeeh and Wartah (AlBaik) Park basketball court in Khalidia here
Knights started strongly in the first half of action with unstoppable offense. Movenpick regrouped in the second half but the Knights wisely played the clock to win the championship. Garcia top-scored with 29 points for Knights and was adjudged as the Titan Watch best player of the game while Ancheta scored 19 points for Movenpick.
This tournament is principally sponsored by Titan Watch of Al Hussaini & Al Yahya Investment Group (Othman Al-Husssaini). Giordano Fashions (Ahmadullah) and Ric Printing are the co-sponsors.
Mohammed Rasheed presided the awarding ceremony with the support of JBL staff and friends. Ahmad Peradilla of Jeddah Dawah Center handed over the trophies and Giordano gift items to the winners.
The awardees are as follows:
40 and above Division — Wasalak 40’s champion, R Printing 1st runner-up, JDC Veterans 2nd runner-up, Khalidia 40’s 3rd runner-up; mythical five team Calluen (JDC Veterans), Abet Batalon (Khalidia 40’s), Migz Diaz (R Printing), Obando (Wasalak 40’s) and Brian (Wasalak 40’s); Fred Concepcion (Wasalak 40’s) Best Coach, Aquino (Wasalak 40’s) Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Non-rated Group A Division — Al Arabi champion, Sunbullah Meat 1st runner-up, Blazers 2nd runner-up, Tetra Pak rrd runner-up; mythical five team Sidad (Blazers), Pasugnod (Sunbullah Meat), Laput (Tetra Pak), De Jesus (Al-Arabi) and Kyrie ( Al-Arabi); Norman Quito (Al-Arabi) Best Coach, De Boss (Al-Arabi) MVP.
Non-rated Group B Division — Knights champion, Movenpick 1st runner-up, R Printing 2nd runner-up and Clash of Friends 3rd runner-up; mythical five team Garcia (Knights), Gadiana (Clash of Friends), Magno (R Printing), Solar (Knights) and Ancheta (Movenpick); Rey Maddatu (Knights) Best Coach, Gonzales (Knights) MVP.

Meanwhile, JBL is now accepting teams for the 2017 2nd conference to open on Jun3 29. Interested teams may call JBL President Mohammad Rasheed Suyat at 0569403586 or Donald Dolloso at 0502055990.


Mohamed Salah’s brilliance and impact better seen off-pitch than on it

Updated 26 April 2018
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Mohamed Salah’s brilliance and impact better seen off-pitch than on it

  • Jurgen Klopp praises the positive impact Mohamed Salah has had on attitudes towards Islam and the Arab World
  • Salah has 43 goals in all competitions this season and is a serious Ballon d'Or contender

LONDON: “Mohamed Salah is the best footballer in the world at the moment,” “Salah is up there with Messi and Ronaldo,” “Salah has the world at
his feet...”
In a world ever more prone to hyperbole and after yet another masterclass from the Egyptian ace, it is not surprising that such grandiose statements get bandied about with the regularity of a Salah goal. The 25-year-old was simply sublime during Liverpool’s 5-2 destruction of Roma on Tuesday night.
He has now scored 43 times this season, has a genuine chance of winning the Ballon d’Or, and with every match looks more deserving of the superstar mantle his admirers have given him.
But while we can sit back and marvel at his talent, all those tributes are perhaps missing the point. We can debate whether he is a world-beater on the pitch, but what is not in doubt is that Salah is a game-changer off it — and that is the true mark of just how impressive he has been since moving to Liverpool.
Go to Anfield for any match now and, once the rousing rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has died down, it is likely you will next hear the Liverpool fans’ hymn to Salah. Sung to the tune of “Good Enough” by Britpop band Dodgy, it goes like this: “If he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me, if he scores another few, then I’ll be a Muslim, too.” Such is the “Salah effect.”
Britain is a hugely fractured country at the moment. The Brexit vote and debate surrounding it has held up a mirror to an island ill at ease with itself, with regressive attitudes to race, religion and immigration out in the open.
That Salah has been welcomed with open arms and lauded in that climate — albeit in a city with a proud tradition of tolerance — is quite something, not least at a time when Islamaphobic attacks in the UK are on the rise and when, as recently as 2016, a national newspaper ran a headline that claimed “1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis.”
The context of the Salah worship evident not just in Liverpool, but also around the country has not been lost on his manager, Jurgen Klopp.
“(The hero status of Salah) is fantastic. It’s exactly what we need in these times,” the German told Channel 4 News.
“To see this wonderful young man, full of joy, full of love, full of friendship, full of everything, in a world where we all struggle a little bit to understand all the things happening around on this planet — so it’s just fantastic.
“He is a Muslim and he is doing all the things that Muslims are doing before a game, washing procedures and stuff like that … like Sadio (Mane) by the way, like Emre Can, by the way; they all do that. Nobody says what we have to be…
“Now we wait, that’s completely normal in a team and that’s how in an ideal world the world would work; we all try to understand each other and deal with all the little strange things for the one or the other.”
Sport sometimes aims for profundity when there is none. Witness any stomach-churning statement of national brilliance during an Olympics, or any underdog story, and you will find people deriving a lot more from some match than the simple “team scores more to win game” narrative that is most set in reality.
But the “Salah effect” has prompted real change off the pitch. From fans singing “I’ll be a Muslim, too” to appreciating the Liverpool talisman simply as a great player regardless of background, the “Egyptian King” is a genuine role model for his country, the region and Islam at a time when the world needs it most.
“We are all kind of ambassadors and sometimes we fit to that role and sometimes not, and at the moment Mo is the perfect ambassador for Egypt, for the whole Arabic world. I love that,” Klopp said.
So it is immaterial whether Salah wins the Champions League for Liverpool, beats Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or or leads Egypt deep in the World Cup — he has already done more than most footballers do.
Should the positive image of both Arabs and Muslims he has created endure, then that will be his true mark of greatness.