It’s knockout time in Workers’ Cup
The group stage of the sixth edition of Workers’ Cup is over and it is knockout time. The Play-Off teams were identified after the Week 3 action, which also witnessed many exciting battles.
A total of 32 teams, four each in eight groups, battled it out in the annual football tournament, organised by the Qatar Stars League and sponsored by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. More than 640 players took part in the competition, which kicked off at the Al Duhail Stadium on Friday, 2nd February.
And 16 teams made it to the Play-Offs. The fixtures are Shapoorji Pallonji vs Spartan Ready Mix, Doha Pest Control vs Trags Engineering, Taleb Group vs Gulf Contracting, ALYSJ vs L&T Qatar, AG Middle East vs Medgulf, Al Asmakh F.M. vs NAAAS, AALCO vs G4S Qatar and Nakheel vs Mowasalat.
A total of 115 goals were scored in the third week, compared to 78 in the first and 108 in the second week.
In Group A, Shapoorji Pallonji got the better of BOTC 9-1 and Gulf Contracting beat Aktor 5-2.
The Group B action saw Taleb Group blank Spartan Ready Mix 3-0 and QDVC beat Boom 4-2.
In Group C, Doha Pest Control beat L&T Qatar 2-1, while Cofley Besix Mannai blanked Galfar Al Misnad 3-0.
The Group D action witnessed ALYSJ thrash Pigeon Engineering 21-0 in the second biggest victory margin of the week and Trags Engineering prevail over Galfar 2-0.
In Group E, G4S Qatar and Al Balagh L&T JV played out a goalless draw. AG Middle East edged Black Cat 2-1 in the other match.
Group F saw two easy victories when AALCO beat HBK 6-0 and Medgulf scored over DicoTech Qatar 8-0.
Al Asmakh routing Schindler 27-0 in Group G was the biggest margin of victory so far in this year’s competition. Striker Faysal Yusuf contributed 14 goals, Samuel Obida four and Musa Shaniru as well as Jacob Samuel two goals each.
Mowasalat defeated Trags Trading 5-1 in the other match.
In Group H, defending champions Nakheel kept their clean slate by registering their third consecutive win, 9-0 against NAAAS. Youth Club got the better of Bouygues 1-0 in the other game.
Eight games each were played at the Al Duhail and Al Sadd Stadiums. Matches in Groups A, B, C and D were played at Al Duhail and those in Groups E, F, G and H at Al Sadd. The first kick-off was at 8am and the last at 12.30pm.
Sixteen teams, the top two from each group, advanced to Play-Offs, to be held on Friday, 23rd February.
Teams that had an all-win record were Shapoorji Pallonji, Taleb Group, Doha Pest Control, ALYSJ and Nakheel.
Matches are played on Fridays and the final is scheduled for 23rd March. Entry is free for the public.
The tournament’s main objective is to promote a culture of sport and healthy lifestyle in the community of migrant workers engaged in various projects across the State of Qatar, especially those related to the infrastructure of 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The full list of fixtures, scores and more information on the tournament can be found at www.workerscup.com.