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Al Husseinie College clinch a double at NSG

The champion Al Husseinie College U-19 soccer team

Hameed Al Husseinie College, Colombo once again proved their supremacy in the sport of soccer by clinching two major titles in recently concluded National School Games (NSG).

They won the under-19 crown beating strong Zahira College, Colombo in the final with an exciting 4-3 penalty shootout win at the Prison grounds, Anuradhapura after match ended in a one all tie. Al Husseinie College opened scoring when their vice captain Fazil Kareem found the nett in the 10th minute with a superb free kick. Zahira's Mohamed Hijaz scored the equalizer in the 20th minute. Neither team was able to sound the board during the second half and it was the superb two spot kick savings during the penalty shootout by the Al husseinie goal keeper Mahendran Dinesh that earned them the victory.

They recorded ana easy win over Kinniya Central College (3-0) in semi finals and defeated St. Lucia's College, Mannar in a 4-0 penalty shootout to get through quarters. Al Husseinie College last won the U-19 title in 1998.

The defending champions Al Husseinie College also bagged the under-17 title for the second consecutive year after a thrilling final against De Mazenod College, Kandana in a 4-2 penalty shootout at the same venue. It has been a tough final from the beggining with both teams fighting hard to open scoring.

But the tough battle ended without either team scoring a goal during the full 90 minutes. Al Husseinie College beat St. Patrick's College, jaffna 1-0 in semis and edged out St. Joseph's College, Trincomalee with the same margin in quarters. The winning Al Husseinian teams are coached by the veteran Imran Hussain who was the Assistant trainer for former Al Husseinie College coach, late Shaboor Mohideen since 2006. After the demise of Mohideen, Imran did a great job to maintain the standaard of school's football.


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