Cana­di­ans Win FANCA Mus­lim World Cup

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Canada won the 2016 FANCA Mus­lim World Cup at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yes­ter­day. For the first time, the Mi­lad Rah­mati-cap­tained side in an epic show­down de­feated Aus­tralia 3-1 to take home the sil­ver­ware. Ver­sa­tile striker Mi­lad Mehrabi scored two goals to keep the Cana­di­ans in the lead 2-1 in the first half.

What hap­pened:

The game was de­layed for 15 min­utes in the first half af­ter two Cana­dian play­ers were red carded be­cause of vi­o­lent con­duct and us­ing abu­sive lan­guage. Ref­eree Adriu Na­soki red carded Mi­lad Rah­mati and Mohammed Nadim Janif, who was sit­ting on the bench.

The Cana­dian play­ers and fans vented their anger on the ref­eree. Aus­tralia opened the scor­ing through a penalty by Mohammed Naeem Rahimi in the 12th minute. Mehrabi scored the equaliser in the 30th minute.

It was a nail- bit­ing en­counter as both teams tried to break the dead­lock. And it came in the 55th minute through Mehrabi.

Half­time: Canada 2 – 1Aus­tralia Both teams up the tempo but Canada cap­i­talised with a goal Rizal Ganief to seal the win.

Big Play: Mi­lad Mehrab played a key role in the win.

Star Turn: Aus­tralian cap­tain Mohammed Shafeem Ha­keek played ex­cep­tion­ally well.

Com­ments

“I am so thrilled, the boys have worked so hard and we were one man down. “This is the first time for us to win it, and the boys man­aged to stay calm and we did it.” “I think we played pretty well.” Mean­while, in the Vet­er­ans cat­e­gory (over 40) Fiji edged Canada 1-0 with Mohammed Alim scor­ing in the 6th minute. In the Masters cat­e­gory Fiji beat USA 2-0 with goals scored by Mohammed Shameem and Nair Hus­sein. Other re­sults: Pri­mary schools- Nadi Mus­lim2-0 Mei­gun­yah, Drasa Madarsa 5-0 Sa­beto. Edited by Osea Bola

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