The British School of Bahrain (BSB) completed the roster of the semi-final round of the Nasser bin Hamad Football Tournament for Secondary Schools after defeating Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Mohamed Secondary School for Boys in the penalty shootout.
In an exciting quarter-final, BSB won the penalty shootout with a total score of 7-6 after the match finished 2-2 at the end of regulation time. This makes them the first private school team to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.
They will face Nasser Vocational Training Centre in the semi-final, while the other semi-final will see reigning champions East Riffa Secondary School take on Al Hedaya Al Khalifia School.
Being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian works and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and organised by the Education Ministry, the tournament is backed by platinum sponsor National Bank of Bahrain, while the gold sponsors are ELM Education Fund, GMI, Ahli United Bank, First Motors.
BSB goalkeeper Husain with his award
The bronze sponsors are Sara Group, Engineer Transportation Company, Be Sport, the Palace Project, Bahrain Cinema (Cineco), Kuwait Finance House, Planera Holding, and Mena Company. The first half ended with Shaikh Abdulaziz School taking the lead through a goal scored by Ahmed Hani Al Asar (29th minute).
In the second half, the BSB organised their ranks and relied mostly on the flanks, especially the left side, with Mehdi Toorani shining in midfield. The team turned the score around with two goals from Mathew McGuire and Abbas Abu Ruweis in the 54th and 56th minutes, respectively.
However, Shaikh Abdulaziz School quickly equalised with a penalty converted by Sadeq Faisal Mirza.
The hero of the shootout was BSB goalkeeper Hussain Fadel Abdulnabi, who saved two penalties, leading his team to victory and was named man of the match.