RIASA Reach the International Junior Football Championships in Shenzhen, China
A squad of soccer players from Leeds-based RIASA caused a storm recently in China with their amazing goal-scoring which led them all the way to the Final.
It was all thanks to their participation in the International Junior Football Championship, which features 16 university teams from across the world including the UK, Pakistan, South Korea, China and the Czech Republic. This year was the fourth annual tournament, held in Shenzhen, China, neighbouring Hong Kong.
The RIASA (Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy) squad dominated from the start, winning all three games in their group and becoming the highest-scoring team in the tournament.
Group Game 1 vs. Changchun University (6-0)
Group Game 2 vs. University of Hong Kong (12-0)
Group Game 3 vs. University of Sindh (6-0)
After these three resounding successes, a further two matches ensured the team a place in the Final:
Quarter-Final vs. Spin United FC (8-1)
Semi-Final vs. Gimhae University (2-1)
Final vs. The University of Economics, Prague (1-4)
RIASA’s Head Coach, Rob Jones said, “We, unfortunately, lost in the final, after playing six games in six days, but the lads showed fantastic endeavour throughout the tournament. We were also very proud of Immanuel Kinuthia winning top scorer of the tournament in the University group. It was a fantastic experience for the entire squad, who performed well to make it all the way to the Final.”
Check out full-game footage of both the Semi-Final and Final below: