Ali Abbas Dossa
Saami Hussein Jaffer
Aliraza Abbas Aliraza
Shahid Ali Suteria
SJFA vs AFC Wembley
As we approached the pitch and spotted the size of the AFC Wembley players, we had our doubts creeping in but the confidence from our coaches made us all determined to show off our skills and give as good as we got and that’s exactly what we did!
We started the game a little slow and after a few excellent saves by Ali Abbas Dossa, Wembley finally scored with a header from a high looping cross. However we kept our heads up and a few minutes later after a good link up play between Ali Datoo and Zia Dewji, Zia played a through ball which Zaamin ran onto and lobbed the keeper with a spectacular finish to make the game stand at 1-1. However yet again, Wembley who were a physically strong and individually skilful side scored two goals in quick succession, including a phenomenal top corner finish from outside the area. The whistle then blew for half time. It was 3-1 to Wembley. After a long pep talk from Shams, Hussein and Gibran Uncle, we walked back onto the pitch full of confidence.
During the second half our defence, consisting of Imran Karawalli, Sami Jaffer, Shahid Ali Suteria and Mohammed Gulamhussein, became a lot stronger and kept Wembley back for a while . The midfield were also displaying some nice touches with the biggest cheer of the game coming when Zia ‘nutmegged’ Wembley’s tallest player. This seemed to spur Wembley on more and they soon scored another 3 goals. The score was 6-1 to Wembley. However we still did not put our heads down and soon enough a wonderful corner from Zahid allowed Jawaad to nod home easily making the score 6-2. Shortly after, Ali Reza’s brilliant shot rebounded to Zaamin who tapped the ball home to make the score 6-3. However, 3 goals in the last 3 minutes from Wembley gave them a 9-3 victory.
After the game, we had another long chat about the match and recited dua together which made us realise that the result was not the most important thing. It was our efforts and the appreciation of how lucky we are to represent out mosque and community in matches like these.
Man of the Match: Zaamin Valjy
Special thanks to the parents who came to watch (must be a record attendance) and of course our coaches for turning up and helping us in every game.
By Zia Dewji