Desert Rangers going places
The Desert Rangers, a youth soccer team for primary level lads, have done very well for themselves in recent years.
It’s not often that we see consistency in grassroot level sports during the many promotions and programmes held here.
At the peak of the summer here, the squad will travel abroad to take part in what should be another tightly packed UK programme in July. “I co-manage the Dubai-based youth football team called the Desert Rangers, primarily under 8’s and under 10’s.
The coaches are indeed extremely proud of the boys achievements this year,” said John Adetiba.
“We are flying to the United Kingdom in July to take part, for the second consecutive year, in the Danson FC Youth Football Tournament in London. We then go on to play in the prestigious Welsh International Super Cup in Cardiff. It promises to be an eventful summer for the team.”
The boys, eager to learn and improve all the time have had a great time in their outings locally and to the UK, and they have been able to showcase the quality of ‘mini’ youth soccer in the UAE.
“Last year we took the Desert Rangers to England for a summer tour. We played in a number of competitions – the team came a creditable 3rd place in both the Arsenal International Youth Soccer Festival, Egham and in the Welsh International Super Cup in Cardiff,” said Adetiba.
The team has had a fantastic year on the UAE youth football scene; they have been the dominant youth force, winning most of the leading age group tournaments and trophies up for grabs.
“In total, our 2 youth teams – under 8’s and under 10’s – have won 11 competitions of note this season,” added Adetiba, “Additionally, this year we challenged our youngsters by playing them in tournaments meant for older players.” The team members did not disappoint the training staff and their supporters.
Adetiba said: “In both tournaments we entered, our team of 9-year olds reached the semi-finals, playing against 13 and 14-year olds, only losing out to the eventual tournament winners in both cases.