The 2018 Workers’ Cup came to an end last night as thousands of fans enjoyed a memorable night of football inside Al Duhail Stadium, where Al Nakheel Landscapes were crowned champions of the sixth edition of the tournament.
A near-capacity crowd of almost 7,500 people watched Doha Pest Control Team face off against Al Nakheel Landscapes. The tournament ended with the spectacular prize‐giving ceremony, which ended in Al Nakheel Landscapes lifting the champions trophy.
The match was attended by His Excellency Dr. Issa Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The final victory was also watched by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Nasser Al Khater, Assistant Secretary General for Tournament Affairs at the SC, Khalid Al-Kubaisi, Chief of Advisory Unit & Special Projects at the SC, Sakis Batsilas, Tournament Operations & Planning Executive Director, Ahmad Al-Thani, Head of Sport Events in the SC, and Xavi Hernández, the SC Ambassador.
The showpiece final was also attended by Abdulla Al Hammadi, Executive Director of Operations in QSL, Hassan Rabiah Al Kuwari, Executive Director of Marketing in QSL, Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah, Executive Director of Competitions and Sports Affairs in QSL, Mansour Al Ansari, Secretary General of QFA as well as more than 25 ambassadors and diplomats.
The SC collaborated with the QSL to sponsor the Workers’ Cup for a sixth year this year as part of its ongoing commitment to use football as a tool to accelerate social and human development.
In his remarks after the final match, Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC said: “It is such an honour to witness the incredible passion both on the pitch and in the stands during this tournament, which keeps getting bigger and better every year.
“Congratulations to Al Nakheel Landscapes team for a hard-earned victory. I hope they, their colleagues and everyone who’s been involved with this year’s tournament has a chance to celebrate this achievement.”
Nasser Al Khater, Assistant Secretary General for Tournament Affairs at the SC, said: “Our support for the Workers’ Cup stems from our promise to use football as an inspirational means of encouraging social integration across Qatar’s rich expatriate community.
“This tournament is a great example of that promise in action, because you can see how the Workers’ Cup brings people together. Initiatives like this form a vital part of our preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.”
The QSL’s Executive Director of Marketing, Hassan Rabiah Al Kuwari, said the Workers’ Cup had grown significantly since 2013 to become a major football event.
“The QSL is proud to support a tournament which uses the power of football to support positive social change in the country,” said Al Kuwari. “The Workers’ Cup continues to go from strength to strength and is now a much-anticipated annual event.”
Al Kuwari continued: “We look forward to continuing our Workers’ Cup journey with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy as we support the delivery of the 2022 World Cup and its associated legacy projects.”
This year’s tournament saw over 640 players in 32 teams competing. 12 of these teams were current or former contractors on 2022 FIFA World Cup™ projects and 7 were engaged with the SC’s flagship CSR programme, Generation Amazing.