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ALFA Cup 2022: Excitement from beginning to end

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As promised, despite the hurdles the Australian Lebanese Football Association (ALFA) had to go through due to the floods in NSW, the ALFA Cup 2022 was all it was meant to be and more.

On Sunday, 6 November 2022 at the Crest Sporting Complex in Bass Hill/Georges Hall, many teams from all over Sydney represented their countries of origin and competed for the cup. The event was kicked off in the presence of a wide array of dignitaries and guests including Councillor Khal Asfour-Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown Council, Councillors Bilal Elhayek, Rachelle Harika, David Walsh, Linda Downey, Charbel Bou Raad, Chris Cahill, Anthony Bazouni, Mr Patrick Skene-CEO of Cultural Pulse Group ,Steve O’Connel -Former Socceroos, Dom Bossi -MacArthur FC, in addition to Mr. Brian from Bankstown RSL, Dr Alex Ashi, Dr Ghassan Ashi, Mr Hassan Moussa ,as well as media representatives and community leaders. In addition to the above, The Hon Wendy Lindsay MP for East Hills and The Hon Jihad Dib MP for Lakemba were present.

Mr. Spero Semaan, the event’s MC, invited Mr. Remy Wehbe, the president of the Australian Lebanese Football Association, to kick off the event. In turn, Mr. Wehbe welcomed the guests and thanked them and all the sponsors, including Community Relations Commission -Multicultural NSW, Canterbury Bankstown City Council, Bansktown RSL, Radio Sawt Sydney, Oz Arab Media, and Ace Building as well as all other event sponsors for their support and contribution to the Cup. This was followed by other short speeches from local council members and members of parliament.

After a fun filled day of excitement, the Australian team defeated the Iranian team in a penalty shootout (3-1) after tying 0-0 in the grand final. The Qatari team took the third place while Nicholas Boubounas from the Qatari team received the Golden Boot award for scoring 6 goals.

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