Qatar Football AssociationCSR
18.02.2018 6:14 in : &

DOHA: The second edition of the African Embassies Championship kicked off with Ethiopia beating South Africa while Burkina Faso overcoming Tanzania in the presence of huge crowds.

HE Abdulaziz Al Sabaa, Ambassador of Algeria and Chairman of the African Group in Qatar, and Abdullah Jaber Al-Saie, Director of Competitions(QFA), were also present to watch the matches.

Ethiopia eased past South Africa 3-0 while Burkina Faso posted a 4-0 win over Tanzania.

Before the opening of the tournament, shields were exchanged between the Algerian ambassador and the director of competitions, club affairs and the organisers.

The games will be played three days a week – on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays, organisers said. The teams will play two halves of 30 minutes each. The second round matches will be played on March 12. The final of the competition will be played Saturday March 17, 2018.

The tournament is backed by the Qatar Football Association (QFA) who have joined hands with and the local communities to bring together a friendly football rivalry to the city.

“The QFA attaches great importance to its social responsibility programs. We have staged such events in the past also. The QFA facilitates the teams with stadiums, referees, balls and prizes,” an official said.

The draw for the African Embassies Championship in its second edition of the 2017/2018 sports season was held earlier. Two groups of five teams each were formed. The first group includes teams of South Africa, Algeria, Eritrea, Mali and Ethiopia while the second group included teams from Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia and Burkina Faso.

It is expected that the tournament will receive great attention and a distinguished audience from African communities.

Qatar will host the region’s first ever FIFA World Cup in 2022.