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Al Zelzal off to winning start.

AL ZELZAL had a winning start at this year's Batelco Ramadan Football Tournament. The defending champions, formerly known as Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid team, picked up a tough 1-0 victory over Saar Youth.

In their Group 'A' opener, held at the Batelco Staff Centre grounds in Al Hamala, Isa Bahram scored the all-important goal in the 10th minute.

The former Manama Club striker collected a pass from Munther Mohammed, and fired past ex-Al Ahli Club and national team goalkeeper Ali Saeed.

Meanwhile, the tournament is scheduled to continue today at 9pm when Nomas take on Saar Youth in the same group at the same venue.

Nomas, who defeated Batelco Dreams 3-0 in the tournament opener, will see a second successive win to seal their berth in the second round.

On the other hand, Saar Youth hope to avenge their defeat to Al Zelzal and keep alive their chances in the tournament.

Twelve teams have already won the title, the last of which was won by Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid team in the previous edition.

The remaining 11 teams are Al Ma'ameer, Boori, Al Eker and Karrana (2 each), Al Hamala, Al Najma, Al Shakhoora, Nuwaidrat, Dar Kulaib, Al Sehla and A'ali.

The tournament's executive committee is being headed by Batelco Staff Centre director Mohammed Khalfan and includes tournament director Hassan Ismail and members Abduljalil Al Zinji, Ebrahim Al Mudaweb, Abdulla Mansoori, Ali Saleh, Omran Abdulla and Jaffer Ali.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jul 27, 2012
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