MNDF Club, in a heated game on Sunday, beat last year's champion, Police Club to win the National Volleyball Cup.
At the final match inaugurated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and held at the Youth Center, MNDF won 3-2 sets against the Police, with 13-25, 29-27, 25-22, 22-25, and 15-13.
The National Cup is a second volleyball win for MNDF in the men's divisions. Previously, MNDF also won the National Volleyball League, topping the league by a one-point difference against the Police.
MNDF Club's coach, Mumthaaz Ali, said that although they lost the first set against the Police, he was very satisfied with his team's win and their overall performance during the game.
“To beat Police in volleyball, you have to do everything. You need to defend. You need to attack. Otherwise, you don’t win against them. This was the thinking behind our win. We owe our success to our game strategy and hard-work,” remarked Mumthaaz, who won the best coach award at the National League.
The Police team was coached by Ashraf Ali at the National League, however, the team performed under the guidance of coach Fathuhulla Waheed at the National Cup.
Despite the loss, Fathuhulla declared he was proud of his team’s performance. Praising MNDF’s strong performance, he said that “MNDF delivered some high-quality serves,” and that “it became a difficult game to win for Police because MNDF exhibited a significant improvement in their skills”.
MNDF’s Ahmed Abdul Kareem (Longey) won the man of the match title at the game. While MDNF’s Mubasshir won the best foreign player title, Adam from MNDF Club, who was also previously awarded the best player at the National Volleyball League, took home the National Volleyball Cup’s best player title.