Beach Soccer: Haso Tournament |05 December 2023
One Stone stun Equator to win second title of the year
Forêt Noire-based One Stone have added another trophy to their sideboard of silverware, clinching the Haso Tournament, after defeating Equator 8-3 in the final on Saturday at the Beach Soccer Arena, Roche Caïman.
The competition, hosted by the HIV/Aids Support Organisation (Haso), in collaboration with the Seychelles Football Federation (SFF), was part of the activities to commemorate World Aids Day which is on December 1.
To reach the final, defending league champions One Stone thrashed Sorry 12-4 in the semifinal, while Equator eliminated Real Maldive in added time in the other semifinal.
Saturday’s final was attended by Haso chairperson Justin Freminot; chief executive of the Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (Ceps), Alvin Laurence; and SFF director of competitions Clive Delorié.
One Stone took the lead early in the first period of the match through Michael Jumaye, before Terence Amade equalised for Equator.
Amade then scored again to put Equator 2-1 up, but One Stone equalised moments later through Aubrey Berlouis, before taking the lead – 3-2 – from a Davinho Servina’s goal.
Not wanting to fall far behind on score, Equator managed to equalise just before the end of the first period through Lesley Chetty, ending it on 3-3 tie.
In the second half of the match, both teams pushed forward for a lead, and it was One Stone who managed to score the only goal of the period through Servina for a 4-3 lead.
In the third and final period of the match, One Stone extended their lead from two consecutive goals from Jumaye, making it 6-3, before goalie Damien Adela added his name to the score sheet, scoring a seventh goal for One Stone.
Jumaye then scored his fourth personal goal of the match, giving One Stone an 8-3 victory and their second trophy of the year.
For his outstanding performance, Jumaye was voted as the tournament’s top scorer and best player, while Adela was voted at the best goalkeeper.