Eydhafushi vs Kihaadhoo at atoll championship inaugural match
by Ali Shaheem
Eydhafushi is to face Kihaadhoo at the augural match of the annual Baa Atoll Football Challenge organized by Eydhafushi’s U Sports.
This was confirmed after the championship’s 6 teams were drawn into two groups on Saturday, at a ceremony held in the capital Eydhafushi’s Bella Vista Restaurant.
– Kuda Rikilu
– Fehendhoo (the defending champions)
The opening match will be held at Eydhafushi’s official stadium on 4 December from 1550 hours.
Semi finals are to be played on 11 and 12 December, while the final will be held on 14 December.
This is the fifth year that U Sports is organizing the championship which has been twice won by Goidhoo, and once each by Eydhafushi and Fehendhoo.
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).
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.