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

The Kurdish Globe - - SPORT - Zakaria Muhammed

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.

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