Desert Rangers shine in London tourney

The Desert Rangers who embarked on their soccer tour are back tired and exhausted, but their spirits are high after a memorable and learning experience in the UK.

By (Moni Mathews)

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Published: Thu 23 Aug 2012, 12:53 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:49 PM

The parents of these lads are indeed quite proud of the achievements after the team played with a lot of guts and style.

The team is now back in Dubai, settling back into their usual routines after a very successful outing at the Danson FC Football Tournament in London.

Rangers played a total of 7 matches in the under 10 age category, winning 6 and losing just the one semi-final match on penalties.

The Desert Rangers battled valiantly in the semi-final, narrowly losing out after a tense penalty shootout to Glebe FC, the eventual tournament winners and the team that has won the competition for the past 4 years.

The Chelsea Football Club Academy scout who was present at the tournament, Al Blanford, was impressed by the playing style of the Rangers that he has asked the Rangers coaches to contact him with a view to seeing how the Desert Rangers can work with him in the future.

Coaches Derrick Johnson and John B Adetiba, Senior Legal Counsel, Dubai Healthcare City were thoroughly impressed with their wards performances in the unfamiliar playing and weather conditions abroad.

“The overall lesson learnt from this summer’s trip has been that the standard of youth coaching in the UAE is comparable to what obtains anywhere else in the world and hence the quality of youth players coming through is of a comparatively high standard,” the coaches opined.

In addition to the tournament, a number of players also attended the Real Madrid Soccer Camp in Spain and the Bobby Charlton Soccer School in Manchester England.

Rangers’ Jordan Adetiba, emerged as one of the youngest players ever to win the Bobby Charlton Soccer School Skills (BCSS) competition. This is a competition for boys aged 9 to 16 years old where Jordan aged 9, came first.

He will now be returning to Manchester in October to take part in the Bobby Charlton International Skills competition, where regional champs from around the world will compete.

Mention is made here of David Beckham who won the Bobby Charlton Soccer School Skills Challenge at the age of 11.

Some of the Desert Rangers team members also went up to Cardiff to take part in the Welsh International Super Cup 2012, where they played as part of the Esports Dubai under 9 team.

The Esports team did very well, reaching the Super Cup semi-final, only losing out to the eventual winners, the Liverpool Schools team.

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