Stanmore Jafferys Football Academy

SJFA U14 vs AVA Football Academy

Squad:

Ali Abbas Dossa
Ali Reza Abbas Ali Reza
Ali Hadi Govani
Saami Hussein Jaffer
Baqir Lilani
Jawad Khatau
Reza Massoumian
Kumail Merali
Zahid Nasser
Zaheer Sidik
Zaamin Valjy
Husayn Yahya Merali
Ali Sheikh

It was a typical British morning with grey skies, muddy grounds and 13 SJFA boys turning up to a football pitch in Kenton. It ended 6-1 to the home side (AVA) but the scoreline certainly did not reflect the match as a whole. The team had some great plays that the coaches had certainly drilled into the boys including some tight passing and breakthroughs leading to a great goal that rifled into the top of the net by Zaamin Valjy.

AVA started the first half well taking a quick 2-0 lead and a brace by one of their very strong players. They went on to lead that half 5-1. It must have been the coaches half-time team talk that motivated and solidified the boys because there was certainly a change in momentum. The wind just was not blowing SJFA’s direction but there was some great defensive work, especially by fullbacks Ali Sheikh (MOTM) and Zahir Abbas Sidik. A late penalty sealed the game for AVA although Ali Abbas Dossa almost managed to get across to it, who stepped up very well to play in a full sized adults goal and single (or double) handedly kept SJFA in the game. SJFA had a great match against this opposition and hopes to play them again in future.

Written by Kumail Merali