Slatter stars for Desert Rangers in England

Attacking defender Cameron Slatter scored the winning goal against academy side Ebbsfleet United in a closely contested final, with a powerful long distance effort.

By (moni@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Wed 23 Jul 2014, 11:19 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:15 PM

The Desert Rangers continued to shine in their ventures abroad when they took part for the fourth straight year in the Danson Sports FC Summer Football Tournament in Bexleyheath, London England.

Attacking defender Cameron Slatter scored the winning goal against academy side Ebbsfleet United in a closely contested final, with a powerful long distance effort.

The side captained by Jordan Adetiba who has been called up for the U13 national preparatory camp in Nigeria later this year, won every single match without conceding a goal.

The Dubai side were well served by James Roberts in defence, Ian Robb on the left wing, striker Marco Zaccaria and Daniel Alves the goalkeeper who pulled off save after save to keep a clean sheet throughout the competition.

The experience of having taken part over the past four years stood the team in good stead and this year the Desert Rangers emerged as champions, winning the cup in the under 11 age category.

“It is the biggest football tournament in south east England with over 200 teams taking part this year,” said John Adetiba, currently on holiday in England.

The event schedule was as usual grinding and a tough path for the youngsters from the Dubai-based squad.

The Rangers played in all, seven matches on their way to lifting the coveted Danson Sports FC Summer Football Tournament trophy.

Again, the talent scouts of the top English Premier League outfits were seen taking down notes on the budding talent at the event. “The display of the Rangers saw the officials from Queens Park Rangers, Norwich and Chelsea take special interest in the details of the boys for possible follow up,” Adetiba added.


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