Teams participating in the volleyball event have roped in a number of overseas players from Serbia, Brazil, Pakistan and India.
Rebranding themselves as Dubai 2020 and Dubai 2021 for the seventh edition of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, the two finalists from last year’s NAS Volleyball championship are confident of going all the way once again this year.
Dubai 2020 and Dubai 2021 took part as F3 and F3 ‘A’ in the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament last year, and both teams topped their respective group with F3 meeting 2017 champions Surprise in their semi-finals and F3 ‘A’ taking on Spinneys in the other. The two F3 teams, then, cruised through the semis and, facing-off for the title, they put a thrilling fight before F3 edged it 3-2.
“We were really pleased with how both teams performed last year,” said Jasem Mohammed Jaber, manager of Dubai 2020 and Dubai 2021 teams.
“We would love to put up a similar show this year with both teams reaching the final. But we are not thinking that far ahead. Our first target is to qualify for the knockout stages and then take it from there. It’s one match at a time for us.
“We have attracted some of the best local players and we have also signed some excellent players from overseas. The players are working hard as they prepare for the start of the tournament. So, lots of reasons for us to be optimistic.”
Dubai 2020’s overseas contingent includes the Serbian duo of Vojislav Skoric and Predrag Petkovic, and Brazil’s Nunes Silva. Dubai 2021 also have a Serbian on their roster, Nemanja Vidic, alongside Wael Chamakhi of Tunisia and Jamal Mohammed of Pakistan.
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