SINGAPORE (10 April 2012) – Singapore beat hosts UAE 10-3 to emerge as the third-place winners in the AFC Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Tournament 2012 in Abu Dhabi.
Singapore finished with nine points while the UAE three in the six-nation inaugural competition for people with disability organised by the AFC which took place from 1- 7 April, 2012.
The match between the UAE and Singapore was streamed live on television on the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel with a big audience showing up to exuberantly cheer both teams during the match.
Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, also showed up to show support to the playing teams. He declared afterwards that football will help disabled people develop their abilities as well as successfully incorporate them into mainstream society.
“Football gives them their rights in participating and engaging in sports, and in the Emirates we greatly support this movement,” he said.
“It has made us very happy to host this tournament. Although it was hurriedly put together, it has succeeded on all levels, and I am very happy to see our children with special needs so excited and cheerful to play football.”