Akad girls lift Kurdistan basketball league trophy
In spite of losing to Sanharib in the away leg of the final match, Akad become Kurdistan league champions
With a large number of fans from both teams in attendance on Friday January 11th, Akad and Sanharib played their final game of the girls' Kurdistan basketball championship in Duhok's indoor arena in Duhok city. It was an intriguing spectacle between two rival teams with some of the most-skillful players in Kurdistan on display.
The match was crucial for both teams as they were close in terms of points. Although, Sanharib ended the game in its favor at 57-53, Akad became the champions of the league after winning the home match 65-60.
After the match, the league trophy and medals were presented to Akad by Duhok Governor, Tamir Ramazan, with Akad becoming champions of the league, with Sanharib ending the league as runners up while New Sirwan secured third place in the competition.
What made the match more competitive were the large number fans encouraging their team right to the last minute.
"Sanharib lost a lot of chances to score. The payers should have taken advantage of playing in front of their excited fans. We cheered on the team from the very beginning till the last minute of the match, but unfortunately our team finally disappointed us," said Zeravan Ali, a Sanharib fan.
Ali congratulated Akad for winning the title for a fourth consecutive occasion and described the payers as lions for staying firm against the Sanharib attacks for the whole period of the game.
Ata Dawood, who showed good performance levels with her team during the whole league period, attributed losing the league title to her team's bad luck.
"We deserved to win the league title because we played a better game. What made Akad to become champions was just the matter of luck; Akad was really lucky," said Dawood.
She added "We had some problems with scoring. We were good with transferring the balls and reaching the rival team's area, but we were not very accurate in throwing the ball to the basket. If we had scored in all the attacks, we would have won the match with at least 20 points difference."
Dawood asked her team players to forget the match result and get back on the normal track as soon as possible. The current basketball team, with several players playing for the Iraqi national team, is supposed to play at the Arab Championships this year.
What made Akad appear a little bit different from Sanharib, according to most of the spectators, was using the "help and cover" techniques by the players confidently and smoothly without difficulty. The players used to practice the techniques and follow trainer's instructions properly during their daily training sessions before the league began.
"Akad has always been good and never thought of submitting to the rival teams especially in the final matches till the last second of the games. I am sure Akad will remain champions if they continue playing like that," expressed Brzo Noori, an Akad fan.
Based in the Christian town of Ankawa, Akad Sports club was founded in 1992, but due an insufficient number of players, three years later the basketball team was established. The club was also the only one at that time in Kurdistan to have a female basketball team.
Akad basketball team celebrate winning Kurdistan league title.