Jeddah United U-20 women’s basketball team returns from successful Maldives trip

Jeddah United U-20 women’s basketball team returns from successful Maldives trip
Updated 17 April 2016

Jeddah United U-20 women’s basketball team returns from successful Maldives trip

Jeddah United U-20 women’s basketball team returns from successful Maldives trip

JEDDAH: Jeddah United Under 20 women’s basketball team arrived over the weekend from Maldives, with two victories against the Maldives national team tucked under its belt.
Maldives Olympic Committee in collaboration Jeddah United basketball team organized a three-day visit to Maldives to play. Maldives Under 20 women’s basketball team and its counterpart fom Jeddah United played two challenging games in Male City.
The Women’s Commission of Maldives Olympic Committee received the 18-member delegation of players, coach Deborah Packwood , manager Maaly Alabdaly, and head of delegation Lina K. Almaeena from Male airport and gracefully escorted the team in its four-day visit.
The aspiring young ladies from Jeddah United and Maldives performed exceptionally well in both matches, and Jeddah United claimed victory winning the first game 68-52 and second 45-39. Highest scorers were JU team captain Fahda Alsolaiman in the first game, and Deema Fatany in the second game.
The chief guest for Game 1 was Aneesa Ahmed, founder of Hope for Women NGO and former government minister, while for Game 2 was Ms. Aminath Eenas, president of Human Rights Commission of the Maldives.
The arrangement of the event was organized by Women’s Commission of Maldives Olympic Committee. “Sports are the epitome of hard work and dedication, opportunities like this will make the athletes reach the pinnacle of the sports” said the commission. Maldives national team has also participated in the Asian Games in 2010.
The Maldives marks the fifth country for a Jeddah United sports exchange visit after UAE, Jordan, Malaysia and the United States.
Almaeena, CEO of Jeddah United Sports Co., said: “We are so happy with the friendships we built in the Madives. We have learned so much and realized what the Maldives and Saudi Arabia have in common as a Muslim country. We would like to thank the MOC's Women's Commission for their hospitality, and also appreciate our government for opening the Saudi embassy recently in Male, and the direct flights of Mega Maldives from Jeddah to the Maldives which made it an experience of a lifetime.”
For her part, Alsolaiman said: “The fact that a private club has won against a national team is a big accomplishment. We hope to be able to represent our country in the manner it deserves.”