Baa Atoll Football Challenge to kick off Dec 4

Eydhafushi vs Fehendhoo at last year's Challenge. ET FILE PHOTO

Eydhafushi vs Fehendhoo at last year’s Challenge. ET FILE PHOTO

 

by Ali Shaheem

The annual Baa Atoll Football Challenge, organized by the atoll capital Eydhafushi’s U Sports, is to kick off next month.

Six teams from the atoll are to participate the soccer spectacle that will take place at Eydhafushi’s official stadium from 4 to 14 December:

– Eydhafushi
– Goidhoo
– Fehendhoo
– Maalhos
– Kihaadhoo
– Kuda Rikilu

The champion team is to be awarded a cash prize of MVR 50,000 (USD 3,242) while the runners-up are offered MVR 15,000 (USD 972).

Teams are to be drawn into groups at a ceremony to be held in Eydhafushi’s Bella Vista Restaurant on Saturday.

This is the fifth year that U Sports is organizing the tourney.

Fehendhoo is the defending champions, after winning over Goidhoo in last year’s final.

The event is extremely popular as it offers an opportunity for aspiring soccerites to get scouted into the Maldivian premiere league or advent into professional football careers.

U Sports also aims to use the extravaganza to revive the footballing spirit in the UNESCO heritage atoll.

Red Wave is the main sponsor of the upcoming championship while the co-sponsor is Araabee, and Dhiraagu the telecommunications partner. Eydhafushi Times (ET) is the online media partner this year as well.

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