Draw ceremony held for ‘30 Championship 2023’ Football Tournament to be held at HDh. Hanimaadhoo

Draw ceremony has been held for the ’30 Championship 2023′ Football Tournament organized by Hanimaadhoo Zuvaanunge Jamiyya (HZJ) to mark its 30th anniversary.
The draw ceremony was held at Hanimaadhoo Break Time Restaurant last night and the first match of the tournament is scheduled to be played between Ahuli and Youth Friends on December 15, 2023, at Hanimaadhoo Official Football Ground.
According to organizers, a total of 9 teams participated in this year’s tournament. That is 7 teams from Hanimaadhoo and 2 teams from Hanimaadhoo constituency. Seven teams participated from Hanimaadhoo are Rooh, Youth Friends, Falcon, Shield, Real Stars, Uniform and Ahuli. And Hirimaradhoo Club Dominators and Finey Desire Crew Sports Club participated from the constituency.
The tournament is planned to be held after dividing the nine participating teams into two groups, with the first and second teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals. 
In the semi-finals, the winner of Group A will have to compete with the second-placed team of Group B. The second-placed team from Group A will play against the winner of Group B in the semi-finals second match. The two semi-finals are scheduled to be played on January 2, 2024 and January 3, 2024. The final will be played on January 5, 2024 evening.
The objectives of organizing the tournament include increasing the love for football among the youth of the island, providing them the opportunity to play football in a competitive environment and promoting football in Hanimaadhoo.
The first island-level football tournament by Hanimaadhoo Zuvaanunge Jamiyya was held in the island back in December 1999, and it was called Saas Cup. And for the last 10 tournaments held by the organization from 2002 to 2021 were held as Adam Saleem Cup. However, as this year marks the 30th anniversary of the organization, the name of the tournament has been changed to make the tournament special for it.
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