Montreal (CA) – The International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO), the world governing body of corporate football wrapped up their 4th edition of the FIFCO World Corporate Champions Cup that was held in Dubai, UAE, from 4 to 6 Nov 2022, which saw a familiar face return to the tournament from the Sultanate of Oman. After an absence of two previous tournament, the country of Oman returned with OXY who went all the way to the final to beat a very strong team from Bangladesh.
“No one could have predicted such an incredible outcome, the field of teams were all very strong, it was anybody’s tournament,” said Albert Zbily, president of FIFCO. “We are very proud of the results despite the absence of defending champions Iran,” added Bahi Rifai, president of the Dubai organizing committee.
With a full 16-team turnout, Iran has been dethroned from their top seed position in the world rankings, with the UAE taking over the first world-wide spot. “We are delighted with the performance of the UAE teams, which came out on top of the third-place game and the Bowl final, said Bahi Rifai. 4th edition Champion OXY from Oman helps the country move up the rankings to 11th overall. “Oman has a rich tradition of corporate football, we have our work cut out for us in the region,” said Tarek Abboud, Oman country director.
Mali and Monaco keep rising the ranks with continued participation and building of their respective corporate leagues. “Our continued presence with this tournament is very important to us and we work very hard to make sure there is a representative to every Corporate Champions Cup,” said Mr. Doumbia, Mali country member. “I think the fact that we play corporate football almost all year round in Monaco, it allows us to be ready for the world stage,” added Laurent, captain of the Casino team from Monaco.
“The overall quality of the teams has greatly improved from one year over the other, “said Ahmed from the Dubai Sports Council. “Overall, this remains one of our important events in the city” he added.
“Dubai as a host city is simply incredible, hospitable and overall great city” said Daniel Curcio, Vice-President of Officiating. “To bring world-class referees to this venue and to this city, was amongst the easiest tasks I have done in a while,” he added.
The World Corporate Champions Cup is the premier series of corporate cups organized by the International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO) the world governing body headquartered in Montreal, Canada.