The third edition of the Workers Cup kicks-off in Doha this week as Qatar’s football community comes together to demonstrate the power of football.
Organised by the Qatar Stars League and sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), both entities have teamed up with tournament providers QSports to build on the success of the last two years with another eagerly-anticipated competition.
A total of 16 teams will compete at Al Gharafa Sports Club, with the first round of games commencing this Friday, 6 March. The tournament will conclude at the showpiece final on Friday, 6 April.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s draw for the group stages of the tournament, Qatar Stars League CEO, Hani Ballan, said: “Last year we saw the atmosphere and energy of this tournament. It was really a joy to see. This competition isn’t about prizes or money. It’s about taking part and making people feel involved in the football community. This is something we all believe in. The people who take part in this competition are a very important part of our country, of our communities and it is right we give something back.”
Out of the 16 teams supplied by local contractors, four are involved in SC projects. HBK Consulting Company, Midmac Contracting Co, Al Asmakh Facilities Management and Amana Qatar Contracting have all signed up to the SC’s Worker Welfare Standards and will be hoping for a strong showing in the tournament.
Nasser Al Khater, SC Executive Director, Communications and Marketing, said: “This is a very important tournament for all stakeholders, for the participants and for the State of Qatar. Last year the passion generated throughout this competition demonstrated how football touches every community in Qatar. It’s a sport that brings people together using a common love for the game.”
“The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy is committed to using the power of football and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to bring people together. We are committed to ensuring the health, well-being and dignity of the people building our stadiums and in turn, building the hopes and dreams of an entire nation,” he added.
As the tournament goes from strength to strength, defending champions Tanzifco return to defend their crown, after defeating Gulf Contractors in last year’s final at the Aspire Dome.
Looking ahead to the big kick-off, Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, QSL Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “I’m really excited to see people come together for this event. I’m proud to be involved in the Workers Cup. We might even find the next unexpected superstar in this tournament.”
The full list of teams taking part are Amana Contracting, Al Asmakh Facilities Management, Carillion Qatar, DicoTech Qatar, Eta Star Engineering & Contracting, Gulf Contracting, Midmac Contracting, Mowasalat, Delta Doha Corportation, G4S Qatar, Tanzifco Qatar, HBK Contracting, Qatar Aviation, AALCO group, Outlook Trading & Contracting Trags Engineering & Construction.
The draw will take place at Al Bidda Tower at 7pm on Tuesday, 3 March.