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The Wheelchair Basketball final will be played at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex Hall on Thursday. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in Dubai will clash with the Dubai Police General Headquarters in the Wheelchair Basketball final of the 11th Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament.

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In semi-finals, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in Dubai team doused the challenge from Dubai Courts 39-20, while the Dubai Police side defeated Dubai Ambulance Corporation 31-25 to set up a mouth-watering clash in the final, which will be played at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex Hall on Thursday.

Both finalists have improved with each outing with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in Dubai stamping their class against Dubai Courts early following an emphatic 23-9 lead at the end of the first period. With a major part of the work accomplished, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in Dubai then fell back into a defensive mode to thwart the Dubai Courts attacks and walk away winners in an entertaining first semi-final.

The second semi-final also rose to great heights with the Dubai Police General Headquarters keeping things tight against the otherwise free-scoring shooters of Dubai Ambulance Corporation. Defence was on the mind of both teams as Dubai Ambulance Corporation went in for the break with a slender two-point lead at 11-9. The match opened up a bit in the second period and that is when Dubai Police assumed control in the middle to outscore the Ambulance men and book their rightful place in the final.

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The volleyball teams will enjoy a one-day break before the semi-finals on March 29. Image Credit: Supplied

Fohood Zabeel stay unbeaten

Meanwhile in the men’s volleyball played at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex Hall, Fohood Zabeel and The Emperor assured themselves spots in the semi-finals from Group A. Fohood Zabeel came up with yet another outstanding all-round display to beat The Emperor 3-1, and both teams advanced to the knock-outs based on their previous group games.

Fohood Zabeel won 25-21, 25-16, 25-27, 25-21 to end their group matches with a clean record and maximum eight points. Paul Puchegger topscored with 20 points, while Jocobo Massari (13), Alessandro Tondo (12) were outstanding for the winners, while Luco Porro (14) was the lone ranger for The Emperor. Fohood Zabeel’s Santiago Orduna was outstanding in defence and was awarded the best player of the match.

In the second semi-final, Aleksa Matic came up with a fine all-round show to Zabeel 1 to their first win of the competition against winless Alameed in an inconsequential Group A match. Slava Tarasov (16), Matsuo Keisuke (13) and Jose Antonio (12) were outstanding for the winning side, while Lailson Costa (21) and Aleksandar Ljaftov (13) contributed their mite to the Alameed cause.

The last preliminary round matches from Group B were scheduled to be held on Wednesday night, after which the teams will enjoy a one-day break before the semi-finals are played on March 29 (Friday). The battle for third place will be on Saturday followed by the final on March 31.

Strong contests

The Ground Forces team, Civil Defence and Dubai Customs were among the winners on the third day of the Tug-of-War competition being held at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.

Competing in the Government Departments category, the Ground Forces overcame the Emirates Foundation for Institutional Education, Civil Defence team won against Nad Al Sheba Complex, while Dubai Customs scored past Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

There were victories for the Ministry of Defence and the Sharjah Emiri Guard as well with emphatic 2-0 results for both against Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services and Dubai Police.

The Junior category also witnessed some tough battles with the Sharjah Self-Defence Team overcoming Al Warqaa, the A25 team beating Sharjah Academy of Police Sciences, the Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum School securing their third win in as many days with a 2-0 margin against Zabeel Studio.

As usual, the Community category competition had the maximum engagement and involvement with the Mighty Bull Patriots securing a comfortable 2-0 result against AG Stars Academy, the Falcons defeated Zabeel Studio, Desert Group team beat Impossible team and the Kerala Kings continued their winning streak with a win over the Storm team.

The second group also witnessed some engrossing tussles with Petronash beating Al Wathba, RBM defeating Al Hamriyah Sports and Cultural Club, W World Gym getting the better of Nad Al Sheba, while Protein House came in handy with a win over Al Fursan.

Al Jawareh beat Team On Team, hosts Team NAS got past Team AG, The Gorillaz beat Dutco Construct Group 2-1 and Super Gym defeated Desert Storm.