The 7th Season of the Atfal Football League (AFL) was concluded with a Prize distribution ceremony on the 2nd of January 2018 at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, attended by respected Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya UK, Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib and Mohtamim Atfal, Abdul Qudus Arif Sahib.
7th Season of Atfal Football League (organised by Ahmadi Children Sports Department @AtfalSports ) ⚽️ officially comes to an end with a Prize distribution and Closing ceremony attended by the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association pic.twitter.com/SLUZ3sDA7M
— AMYA UK (@UKMuslimYouth) January 2, 2018
The League itself started back on 12th November 2017 for 6 weeks at Mitcham Hub. It consisted 12 teams- an increase from last year- from the Southern regions including new additions Middlesex and Bashir region. It was a 7 a side format with all teams playing each other in one League and then trying to qualify for a play-off position. This all was being operated by Danish Tahir, AFL Chairman.
Masroor A were hot favourites to win their 3rd title in a row but attention turned to Baitul Futuh immediately as it appeared to be an improved side from last year, and just possibly it seemed they may cause an upset due to their impressive string of results.
— AMYA UK (@UKMuslimYouth) December 17, 2017
However, once you have won something, you know they will come back for more and that inner instinct came out from South Region. Although their results were not hugely convincing, it got them through.
The ‘Iceland’ of AFL were certainly, Muqami B. They had reached the semi-final stage. A team of very young Atfal, short in height but big hearted and a mind of true footballers, they surprised everyone in the Tournament. They were indeed everyone’s favourite and possibly the thought of Leicester City came to mind.
Now, let’s talk about the Final- South v Masroor. From the start, it was one way traffic, Masroor had most of the possession but they could not breakdown the South defence. Masroor had their opportunities to lead but made it hard for themselves by missing chances. 0-0
Nothing was breaking them down, so it came down to penalties. Every England fan dreads this. At this stage, it seemed like South planned all of this to go down to penalties but remember, anything can happen. Both keepers made saves, both missed (and some went sky high from both) and after 6 being taking by each, it came down to South keeper saving it and bringing the trophy home.
Prize Ceremony of @AtfalSports Football League
— MAA Atfal UK (@AtfalUK) January 2, 2018