By Mustafa Jabber
The 10th Annual tournament opened on the open-air pitch “Palestine Field”, in the Tar Al Sultan neighborhood of West Rafah, Gaza. West Rafah is a region that is known to be the most passionate about football. This play-field gave the tournament a special sparkle and fresh presentation and a point of pride and happiness for West Rafah.
1,000+ football fans gathered for the opening ceremony, marked by such speakers as the Mayor of Rafah, Ms. Najah Ayyash of the Women’s Program Center. In addition a poetry reading by young Hanan Breika and a cultural dance performance by the theatrical troupe “Palestine Cultural Palace added a special element to the opening day.
Then the games opened, with Team Martyr Walid Abdel-Al carrying the day over Team Al-Fursan in a exciting back-and-forth match that reached a 6-6 score finally decided in a penalty shootout in overtime. Final score: 7 -6 The star of this meeting was Mohammed Abu Hashim.
On the same day, Al-Adwan team beat Ahmed Yunus in a contest that did not meet the all-out dynamism of the first game, but nonetheless gave the crowd a solid and competitive match.