Excellent League Football Tournament Launched: Ahli Beats Shaab 5-4 [Archives:1997/43/Sports]
Attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Abdulwahab Raweh, the Excellent League Football Tournament was launched on Thursday, October 23 at the Dharafi stadium. The opening match between the Ahli of Sanaa and Shaab of Ibb reached a one goal draw. In order to avoid trouble between fans, the referee ended the match with penalty kicks. Thus, the Ahli defeated the Shaab 5-4. During the first half of the match, players of both teams appeared to be in good physical fitness. However, during the second half, both teams took on a more defensive method of playing. This disappointed the enthusiastic fans.