Monday, 25 August 2014

Ouabi Rouis wins the title at Stadium de Imagio in Singapore

In conjunction with the Singapore's National Day, the latest table football venue in Singapore, Stadium de Imagio, hosted its 2nd WASPA tournament. Host Michael Choong welcomed 7 other players for a this 8-player mini-tournament.
Left to right: Nur Hashim, Anas Rahamat, Nic Tan, Rizal Taib, Bernard Lim, Michael Choong, Ouabi Rouis, Rudy Hesty
Format of Competition

The 8 players were randomly drawn into 2 groups of 4 players each, and competed on a round-robin basis. The top 2 players advanced to the knockout semi-finals (group winner vs the other group’s runner-up) with the subsequent winners meeting in the final. Each player adopted a club side to represent in this tournament.

Group Stage

Group A consisted of Rudy Hesty (Manchester City), Bernard Lim (Liverpool), Rizal Taib (Hibernian) and Nur Hashim (Galatasaray); while Group B consisted of Ouabi Rouis (PSG), Michael Choong (Juventus), Anas Rahamat (Arsenal) and Nic Tan (CSKA Moscow).

Group games underway

As expected, Rudy and Bernard both qualified from Group A with Rudy winning the group with a 2-0 win over Bernard. Over in Group B, Ouabi comfortably won the group winning all his 3 games. The group runners-up is a toss-up between Michael and Anas going into the final group games with a 11-goal difference between them. In the end, Nic put paid to any hopes of Anas sneaking past Michael with a 1-1 draw.

Semi-finals
Rudy (Manchester City) vs Michael (Juventus) 0-2 (on shots, 0-0 at full-time)
Ouabi (PSG) vs Bernard (Liverpool) 5-3

The 1st semi-final was a tense and tight affair with Michael eventually triumphing with 2 goals on penalty shots. The 2nd semi-final saw Bernard putting 3 goals past Ouabi although he got hit 5 goals in return. While the scoreline may suggest otherwise, in truth, it was a comfortable game by Ouabi who was always in control of the final outcome.
Rudy receiving his Third placing prize from Anas

3rd/4th Play-off
Rudy (Manchester City) vs Bernard (Liverpool) 3-1 (on shots, 0-0 at full-time)
This game is a re-match of the earlier group game that saw both players unable to make a breakthrough - owing to exhaustion - with Rudy clearly in command pounding on Bernard's goal throughout the game. In the end, it took shots to settle the issue with Rudy winning 3-1 to take 3rd place.
Bernard receiving his Fourth placing prize from Anas
Final
Ouabi (PSG) vs Michael (Juventus) 4-0
The final is yet again a repeat of their earlier group game with the final scoreline also a repeat - identical 4-0 win for Ouabi. While Michael tried his very best to put up his renowned stubborn and tight Italian defemce, Ouabi still possess an attacking answer to every defensive question that Michael put forth to him. Congratulations to Ouabi for winning yet again at Stadium de Imagio!
Michael receiving his Runners-Up prize from Nic
Ouabi receiving his Champion prize from Nic
The winners: Bernard (Liverpool) – Fourth, Michael (Juventus) - Runners-Up, Ouabi (PSG) – Champion, Rudy (Manchester City) - Third