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VIDEO: The Road to the States: Hayah crowned champions
The Road to the States tournament has finally come to an end with Hayah International Academy scooping gold for both the boys and girls competition.
Leading the the final, an exciting match-day of football was upon us to decide which teams made it to the last round of the tournament. The biggest result in the boys matches was Manor House’s 8-nill thrashing of TBS. Following that, champions Hayah beat GIS 5-0. Narmer were dealt a 2-0 loss at the hands of Alsson, while GPS drew 1-1 with MAC. Runners-up DEO won against Manor House 4-1, while MLS managed a slim 1-0 victory over GIS. Finally, TBS drew 1-1 with DEO.
Regarding the girls results, champions Hayah beat Manor House 2-0 with Kattan and Korayem scoring the goals, while Noga scooped up the MOTM award. Alsson were dealt a slim loss against TBS, with the tournament’s best female player Sarah Essam scoring the goal and receiving the MOTM award.
Next, DEO held Hayah to a goalless draw with Kordy and Soraya having to share the MOTM award. Another goalless draw from TBS and Global was upon us before Alsson dealt Manor House their second loss of the day by beating them 3-1.
Hayah 4-2 DEO
DEO went into the final as favourites, receiving plaudits, with Billionaire engineer Samih Sawiris openly admitting his support to the German school and it was no surprise that they went up first after Ahmed Saleh’s long range stunner. Right after that, the Yassin Akram show started. After a superb run from the left, Akram teed up Leithy with a beautiful outside of the boot through pass, who then crossed for Youssef Akram to tap in the ball into the net, much to the dismay of the supporters.
Just seconds after that goal, Yassin was on target to end the first half with his side up 2-1. A few minutes after the second half started, DEO had the chance to get back into the game, getting a penalty which Zamalek youngster Hussein Hamouda expertly slotted in the back of the net.
Yassin didn’t give Hamouda and co. much time to be happy with the equaliser as he back on the score-sheet putting his side up by three goals to two. With DEO pushing for a late equaliser, Yassin punished them on the counter by finally getting his hat-trick just a few minutes from time to end officially crown Hayah champions.
Hayah 1-0 The British School
A tight affair between both New Cairo-based sides where both teams wasted numerous chances to score. TBS arguably faced much frustration due to the brilliance of Hayah goalkeeper Mariam Hasaballah. After going into half-time goalless, both teams had just less than 30 minutes to score a winner, but we had to wait until the final five minutes of the match when Hayah’s Alia Kattan managed to tap in a cross into the back of the net, a precious goal which proved to be the winner of the day, much to the dismay of Wadi Degla and the Road to the States’ best female player Sarah Essam.
Best player [boys]: Yassin Akram
Best player [girls]: Sarah Essam
Best young player [boys]: Al-Houssein Amr
Best goalkeeper [boys]: Al-Hassan Amr
Best goalkeeper [girls]: Mariam Hasaballah
Top goalscorer [boys]: Yassin Akram
Fair play award: GPS