The seventh edition of the Workers' Cup is drawing to a dramatic close, with Nakheel Landscapes and Taleb Group set to meet in the final on Friday 25 January at Al Sadd Sports Club.
Nakheel, winners of the last two tournaments, will be looking to cement their place in Workers' Cup history by being crowned champions for the third consecutive time. But they will face stiff competition from Taleb Group, who were champions in 2016 and the last team to win the tournament before Nakheel.
The semi-finals were played last Friday at Al Sadd Sports Club. Both matches went to penalties, with Nakheel beating Galfar Al Misnad 3-2 after the match finished goal-less at the end of regular time. Taleb Group drew 1-1 in normal time with Larsen & Toubro, before winning 5-4 on penalties.
Next week's final is set to draw a crowd of 10,000 and is open to the public. The third-place play-off between Galfar Al Misnad and Larsen & Toubro will also be played next week.
This year's Workers' Cup involved 28 teams and a total of 58 matches. Eleven of the participating companies are linked to 2022 FIFA World Cup™ projects, while eight are involved with Generation Amazing, the SC's flagship football for development legacy programme.
The Workers' Cup is an annual football tournament organised by the Qatar Stars League (QSL) and sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).
Nakheel has worked on several projects related to Qatar 2022, including the redevelopment of Khalifa International Stadium, training sites and building temporary pitches for Al Rayyan Sports Club. It has also been recognised for working in partnership with the SC to improve workers' welfare standards in Qatar.
As the final approaches, the SC's Communications Director, Fatma Al Nuaimi, said she was proud to witness the tournament's ongoing success.
"The Workers' Cup has always been about harnessing the power of football to support positive social change in the country – be it spreading the passion for football across Qatar's communities or using the tournament to encourage health, fitness and wellbeing. We wish both teams all the very best in the final and look forward to an entertaining game."
Hassan Rabia Al Kuwari, Executive Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications at the QSL, said he was delighted to partner with the SC to organise the Workers' Cup, which targets an important section of the community.
"We thank all partners and stakeholders of the tournament, which we're proud to organise," said Al Kuwari. "We consider it as an opportunity to strengthen our engagement with members of the community in order to achieve our goals. We give great importance to corporate social responsibility as we aim to spread the culture of sports in general and football in particular."
Al Kuwari wished success to Nakheel Landscapes and Taleb Group ahead of the final and noted that the bumper crowd expected will include numerous sports personalities and officials, which indicates the tournament's popularity.
The 2019 Workers' Cup final between Nakheel Landscapes and Taleb Group will take place at Al Sadd Sports Club on Friday 25 January, kick-off 7:15 PM.