x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Maradona to attend prisoners' 'World Cup' closing ceremony

Al Wasl coach will hand out awards to players and teams after the final match in Dubai.

DUBAI // Former Argentine football star Diego Maradona will attend the closing ceremony of the "World Cup" organised for inmates at the Dubai Central Jail, police said today.

The Al Wasl coach will hand out awards after the football tournament's final match, expected to be held on Monday, police said. The tournament, part of the police National Day celebrations, started on December 5.

The final will be between Nigeria and Cameroon, who beat the UAE and the Ivory Coast to reach the championship match.

Twelve teams are competing: the UAE, Iran, the United Kingdom, India, Mexico, Cameroon, Egypt, Pakistan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast are represented. Each team has seven players and a goalkeeper.

A total of Dh100,000 in prize money will be handed out, including special prizes for best player, goalkeeper and striker.

Representatives from the embassies of the participating countries are also expected to attend the closing ceremony.

In total about 200 inmates participated in three different tournaments.