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SENSATION IN JORDAN: Al Noor new champion of Asia!

Mahdi, Mojtaba, Hussain, Abdullah, Makram against Saric, Capote, Tej, Markovic, Mallash? For those who do not follow Asian handball, sounds like the winner is easily predictable before the beginning. However, handball is sport of miraculous surprises. Saudi Arabia Al Noor, led with outstanding display of Amine Bannour and goalkeeper Mohammed, won 25:23 (11:10) against Qatari powerhouse El Jaish in the final match of the Asian Club Championship in Amman, Jordan.

Although Al Noor is experienced team and although their progress to the semi-final was predictable achievement, their victory in the final is a huge upset for ambitious and expensive El Jaish squad. After even first 30 minutes, Al Noor controlled the game in the entire second half. El Jaish was unable to cope with Al Noor defence and with excellent outside shooting.

Al Noor performance in the final match topped series of good displays on the tournament, including easy victories against Lakhwiya and Iranian side Oil & Gas, who progressed to the semi-final due to better goal difference, after lucky draw against UAE Al Jazira. The team was well-prepared and years of playing together finally paid off.

In the third-place match Lakhwiya scored an easy 31:21 victory over Oil & Gas. In the 5th place match, Al Jazira (UAE) defeated the hosts, Jordanian Al Ahli, while Al Ahli from Bahrain finished 7th, following an easy win over Ahli Sidab from Oman.

Top two teams – Al Noor and El Jaish qualified for the next Super Globe.

In the semi-final derby of two Qatari teams, El Jaish Sports Club showed total domination over the biggest domestic rival Lekhwya 28:20.
Teams demonstrated good quality and solid performances. As an illustration, champion Al Noor drew 21:21 in the opening match against Al Ahli Bahrain, who finished 7th at the end.

Final standings:

1. Al Noor (KSA)

2. El Jaish (QAT)

3. Lakhwiya (QAT)

4. Oil & Gas (IRI)

5. Al Jazira (UAE)

6. Al Ahli (JOR)

7. Al Ahli (BRN)
8. Ahli Sidab (OMN)

TEXT: Marko Selakovic

One Comment

  1. mario

    5. November 2016. at 22:50

    Why will not play Japanesse teams ?

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