KUWAIT: For the second year in a row, the Australian University (AU) Futsal team has won the University Athletic Association of Kuwait (UAAK) Futsal Tournament. The Tournament brought together 10 teams from various universities in Kuwait to compete against each other. Over the course of the tournament the AU team participated in a total of 12 games.
During the tournament, AU team won seven of the nine regular tournament games, following their outstanding performance, the AU team beat the KCST team 8-0 in the quarterfinal game and then beat the AUK team 3-3 with 5-4 penalty shots in the semifinal game, after which they qualified for the final match. The final match was held between AU and AUM at the AUM Sports Hall Center.
The game went into overtime with a score of 1-1, and then AU team managed to score two goals during the second extra time period for a final score of 3-1 to become the back-to-back champions of the UAAK Futsal Tournament. Following the final game, the Student Life department chose student Saleh Al Kanderi as the Man of the Match for scoring two critical goals in the final match, and they also chose student Abdulwahab Hassan as the Player of the Season for scoring 9 goals and 10 assists during the tournament.
Commenting on the achievement, Hussain Al Haddad, Manager of Student Affairs at AU, said: “We would like to start by congratulating the Champions of the UAAK 2023 Tournament. The Futsal team’s win was brought by the team’s collective hard work, dedication, and resilience. All the hours of training done by the team and Coach Abdullah Khaledi were demonstrated in their performance every game. A great win for the Futsal team and a great win for the Australian University”