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National Football Tournament
December 17, 2016 to December 17, 2016
The MKA UK National Football Tournament (NFT) 2016 was held at the QPR Superdome on the 17-18th December 2016
The venue itself included an indoor 4G pitch enclosed Superdome, which continued the tradition of high standard of tournament venues, such Manchester City Academy and Bath University.
The tournament planning began a month prior and regions up and down the country were invited to submit teams. As ever the popular 7-a-side format drew teams from every region in the majlis baring Scotland and North East.
26 total teams were registered and put into the draw, with the top 8 seeds taken from the previous years NFT held in Manchester, which had been won by Baitul Futuh.
The opening session began at 915am sharp, where Sadr Majlis Khuddam Ul Ahmadiyya, Mian Mirza Waqas Sb addressed the 340+Khuddam that were present. Following this a video of the draw was played and the session concluded with silent prayer.
Group games kicked off at 10am on the 4 outdoor pitches. Games were keenly contested despite the foggy conditions.
A hearty chicken pasta lunch provided by the host region Middlesex, helped warm the players, before they moved into the Superdome for their remaining group games which concluded at 6pm.
Dinner was then served and a video presentation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Football Club (AMY FC) highlights and the MKA UK football teams trip to attend the 2016 All-African Games held in Nigeria was shown.
This was followed by a Tarbiyyat forum, which was attended by Sadr Majlis USA, Bilal Rana Sb. This gave the opportunity for Khuddam to ask open questions to the panel on religious and social issues. The session concluded with a live draw of the last 16 knock out stages. Teams that didn’t qualify would go into the plate competition.
Sunday saw all the knock out games played starting at 10am, with group winners being seeded. There were some hard fought games, but the top teams came through into the Quarter Final stages: Baitul Futuh the defending champions were joined by Baitun Noor, East, Jamia, Masroor, Tahir, Middlesex A and Middlesex B.
There was a real heavy weight feel to the Quarter Final stages, with any of the sides more than capable of emerging as victors. Many of these games were hard tussles, decided by the odd goal.
There was excellent demonstration of skills, stamina, speed and general quality which has increased over the 21 year span that the NFT has been held since 1995, when it was hosted in Milton Keynes by Hertfordshire. Every team was properly kitted from A to the C teams even, a reflection of how serious players were taking the competition.
Prior to the semi finals being played, Herts region won the plate competition by beating Baitul Futuh B.
In the main competition, Jamia led by captain Ibrahim Ahmed, faced off against East captained by Aneel tahir in the first semi final, with Tahir region taking on hosts Middlesex in the second semi.
East battled through against the much vaunted Jamia team, while Tahir defeated Middlesex 6-2 in a battle of the Cristiano Ronaldo celebrations!
In the final, it seemed that East may fade having used 8 players through out the day. But they played to their strengths, winning arial battles and striving to get a goal which they did early in the game. Led by their midfield General Mustafa Tahir, they absorbed the pressure and despite conceding an equaliser, this only doubled their efforts and fine hatrick from Sammar Ahmad eventually settled the game 4-1 and saw East crowned champions of NFT 2016.
There were some notable individual performances not to mention some superb goals throughout the 2 days, but even more pleasing was real prevalence of the bond of brotherhood, sportsmanship and respect between all teams despite the intensity of the competition.
AMY FC as a club has broken down many regional barriers that had previously existed and now means there are year round Khuddam team mates vying against one another in their regional teams. Giving the tournament a club vs country type feel, but in a good natured way, even though an inch wasn’t given or a tackle pulled out of it, handshakes and acknowledgements of respect after the final whistle were the order of the day.
NFT Winners: East NFT Runners up: Tahir Plate Winners: Herts
Player of the tournament: Mustafa Tahir (East) Goalkeeper of the tournament: Dean Ahmed (East) Young player of the tournament: Khaliq …… (Tahir) Joint Top Goalscorers: Subhan Ahmed (Tahir) /Shujaat Warraich (Baitun Noor)- 10 goals each
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