End of 17th Week of Excellent-League Football Tournament: Struggle to Win [Archives:1998/12/Sports]

March 23 1998

In a match characterized by tension and caution, the Wahda of Sanaa and Ahli of Sanaa reached a no-score draw; concluding the 17th week of the Excellent-League Football Tournament. Expectations were that this match was going to be very exciting, considering that the winning team would have been able to assert its lead in the tournament.

However, fear of losing has made both teams unable to strike and come near each others goals. The whole match was characterized by the players taking defensive positions. With the nil-nil draw, the two teams have shared the matche’s points. The Wahda of Sanaa now has 38 points, while, Ahli of Sanaa has 37 points.
Opening the 17th week on Friday March 21, 4 matches were held in 4 governorates. All the participant teams presented their best plans and players. In Sanaa, Hassan of Abyan defeated Zohra of Sanaa 2-1 . As a result, Hassan’s credit rose to 28 points, whereas Zohra’s credit stayed at 20 points.

In Hodeida, Ahli of Hodeida tied with Sha’ab of Mukallah 1-1. This made Sha’ab’s credit 24 points and Ahli of Hodeida’s credit only 12 points.
In Taiz, Sha’ab of Ibb defeated Talea’a of Taiz 1-3. By this win, Sha’ab of Ibb is qualified to take the third place in the Excellent Tournament with 34 points leaving Talea’a of Taiz in the back with 8 points only.
In Aden, Tilal defeated Ittihad of Ibb 3-1. As a result, Tilal got the 6th place with its 24 points, whereas Ittihad stayed with its 19 points in the 9th place.