The inaugural Diplomatic Corps Cup concluded on Tuesday as the final took place at Hawker Football centre between the Lions of Morocco and V4, a team representing nations from central Europe. The Lions of Morocco were crowned as the Champions with an emphatic 5-0 win after a strong performance. The 3rd place playoff was the curtain raiser to the final with the Embassy of Sudan shaping up against the Embassy of Qatar. With the Embassy of Sudan emerging as winners with a sound 4 – 1 score line.
Attending the 2 matches were some special guests including Mr. Kieran Lilly from Football Federation of Australia, Mr. Damien Miller from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Ahmed Ait Aissa, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco and Mr Fahad Alhamar 2nd Secretary at the Embassy of the State of Qatar and Mr. Vladimir Merinov from the Embassy of Russia.
Mr Damien Miller from DFAT presented the medallions to the winners, runners Up and 3rd placed teams and Mr Vladimir Merinov from the Russian Embassy presented a gift pack from Russia 2018 to the Moroccan team.Capital Football Head of Participation Mr. Glenn Armstrong was very pleased with the overall running of the tournament and has starting planning for next year’s competition.
“We have already been approached by Embassies that want to be part of this for next year” Armstrong said. “The intention of the tournament this year was to unite the Diplomatic Community in a celebration of the FIFA 2018 World Cup and I think we have achieved this” he added. “Everyone who participated has enjoyed the experience and the opportunity for Diplomats to network at that level has been a success for all involved.”
“It has been fantastic to see colleagues and countries come together in this tournament, using football as a way to unite people,” Sykes said.
“Capital Football would like to thank teams for committing to playing the Diplomatic Corps Cup in the manner intended, with the focus on enjoyment and community.”
“This was on full display during the 3rd place and Cup Final games on Tuesday night, with communities coming together to cheer their teams on.
Congratulations to all teams, embassies and countries involved, we hope to see them back in force for the 2019 edition.”
Capital Football would like to extend thanks to Damien Miller for his attendance, the Russian Embassy for the provision of some FIFA World Cup memorabilia to the teams and to the Ambassadors of various countries who came out to show their support.