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Al-Ahli’s Female Crowned Champions Of First-ever Saudi Women’s Cup



Al-Ahli's Female Crowned Champions Of First-ever Saudi Women’s Cup

Al-Ahli have been crowned the first-ever Saudi Arabian Football Federation Women’s Cup champions, after defeating Al-Shabab 3-2 in the final of the competition at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh on Thursday night.

Al-Ahli forward Ibtissam Jraidi, who scored the first two of her team’s goals, in the 18th and 50th minutes, was named player of the match. Teammate Naomie Kabakaba added a third in the 53rd minute as Al-Ahli continued to dominate.

However, Al-Shabab mounted a late comeback attempt, beginning with a penalty converted in the 68th minute by Oriana Altuve. Chaima Abbassi added a second in the 88th minute. But in the short time remaining they could not get the third goal they needed to pull level.

The final marked the culmination of the new 16-team Women’s Cup’s inaugural competition, which began in November. The federation introduced it to increase the competitiveness of women’s football in the country, amid rapid development of the women’s game worldwide.

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