Dhonfanu holds football tournament for Baa atoll islands
by Ali Shaheem
The youth of Baa atoll Dhonfanu island has organized a “Dhonfanu Invitation Cup” – an under-23 football tournament with invitations to some islands in the atoll.
This is the first time that an atoll wide footballing event is being held outside of the atoll capital Eydhafushi involving islands from the Baa atoll community.
The tourney will be held in Dhonfanu from Friday to 3 January.
The islands in competition are Dhonfanu, Dharavandhoo, Maalhos, and Kihaadhoo.
The inaugural match will see Dhonfanu face Kihaadhoo on Friday.
The championship will be played according to the league format, with one round where all teams pitch against one another. The team with the most points will enter the final, while the second finalist will be decided from a clash between the second and third ranked teams.
Organizers said that next year more islands will be invited in order to widen the scope of the tournament.
“This time around we invited only a few islands. But after seeing how the tournament goes, we shall widen the scope. The tournament will help to turn out young soccer talent. We believe such talent will be showcased at events like the Atoll Challenge. Players will play for their island team. This will therefore enable youngsters of islands to participate,” said an organizer of the tournament.