Aspire Academy Student-Athletes’ International Achievements

Aspire Academy is proud of all its past and present student-athletes who have achieved international representation and / or success. Their achievements add to the glory of our world-class sports academy.

Below are only a few of the student-athletes who have achieved sporting excellence resulting from Aspire’s talent development program.

Football

The student-athletes of the Academy’s Football Program have been able to make a name for themselves at various occasions representing Qatar:

The percentage of former Aspire Academy players in Qatar’s Senior National Team in the 2013-14 season was 26%. The following players represented their home country in official games:

  • Ibrahim Majed Abdulmajed
  • Khalid Muftah
  • Ahmed Yasser Mohammedi
  • Abdulkarim Hassan Abdulkarim
  • Saad Abdulla Alsheeb
  • Almahdi Ali Mukhtari
  • Hamad Mohamd Al-Abidi
  • Abdul Kareem Al- Enazi

The percentage of former Aspire Academy players in Qatar’s U-23 National Team (Olympic team) was 54 percent. The following players represented their home country in official games:

  • Ali Ahmed Ghaderi
  • Husham Kamal Hassanin
  • Othman Alawi Othman Al-Yahri
  • Serigne Abdou Khadre Thiam
  • Mohammed Alaeddine Abdelmotaal
  • Abdurrahman Mohammed Al Korbi
  • Ahmed Alaa El-Din Bader Abd El-Motaal
  • Saleh Badr Abdulrab Al-Yazidi
  • Musaab Khidir Kamal Mohammed
  • Ahmed Fadhil Wizyn Hassaba
  • Ahmed Yasser Abdurahman
  • Nasser Saleh Kh A Al-Khalfan
  • Faisal Abdul-Aziz Hussein Abdullah
  • Muhannad Naim Hussein
  • Fahad Younis Baker

All 24 players that were in the squad of Qatar’s U-19 National Team that succeeded at the AFC U-19 Championship in Myanmar in 2014 and qualified for the U-20 World Cup for the first time in 33 years were current or former student-athletes of Aspire Academy.

Another Aspire Academy scholarship-holder was a member of the FIFA U20 World Cup Team with Ghana in 2009.

  • John Benson

Players of Aspire Football Dreams who have been selected for their youth and/or adult national teams for games and/or training camps:

  • Senegal: Diawandou Diagne, Ibrahima Diedhiou, Samba Ndiaye, Assane Fall, Pape Babacar Ndoye, Charles Mintintagnane Nakouye, Fallou Niang, Ibrahima Drame, Papa Diene Faye, Babacar Niasse, Serigne Mor Mbaye, Adama Bal, Abdoulaye Nidone, Moussa Wague
  • South Africa: Phakamani Mngadi, Happy Simelela, Ntuthuko Radebe
  • Cameroon: Kenne Raoul Prisse, Oumarou Kaina, Davy Fabrice Akama
  • Ghana: Assamoah Sammuel, Issah Adama, Zakari Hamza, Eric Andoh, Samuel Darko, Abraham Ashrifi A
  • Kenya: Khalid Jumaan Ali, Joseph Timongh
  • Nigeria: John Felagha, Oluwaseun Samson Jegede, Francis Odinaka Uzoho
  • Ivory Coast: Thone Yobou Jean-Noel, Ange Lionel Lago, Souleymane Kone
  • Mali: Alassane Diallo, Mamadou Coulibaly
  • Rwanda: Itangishaka Blaise

Athletics

Mutaz Essa Barshim has excelled internationally in High Jump. His current tally of medals includes an impressive:

  • Gold Medal, 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Sopot, Poland with Asian record
  • Gold Medal, 2014 Asian Games, Incheon, South Korea
  • Silver Medal, 2013 World Championships, Moscow, Rus
  • Gold Medal, 2013 Asian Indoor Championships, Hangzhou, China
  • Bronze Medal, 2012 Summer Olympic Games, London, Emgland
  • 9th Place, 2012 World Indoor Championships, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Gold Medal, 2011 Asian Indoor Championships, Hangzhou, China with Asian record
  • Gold Medal, 2011 Pan Arab Games, Doha, Qatar
  • 7th Place, 2011 World Championships, Daegu, South Korea
  • Gold Medal, 2010 IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships
  • Gold Medal, 2010 Asian Junior Athletics Championships
  • Gold Medal, 2010 Asian Indoor Championships, Teheran, Iran
  • Gold Medal, 2010 Asian Junior Championships, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Gold Medal, 2010 World Junior Athletics Championships, Moncton, Canada
  • Gold Medal, 2010, Asian Athletics Championships, Kobe, Japan

Mohamed Ahmed Al-Mannai continues to succeed internationally in the multi-disciplinary Decathlon and Octathlon’s including:

  • Gold Medal, 2010 Asian Junior Athletics Championships (Decathlon)
  • Silver Medal, 6th IAAF World Youth Championships (Octathlon)

Ashraf El Seify turned out to be an outstanding talent in Hammer Throw, who has achieved a number of impressive results for Qatar so far:

  • Gold medal at World Junior Championships in Eugene, USA in 2014
  • 10th place at Asian Championships in Pune, India in 2013
  • 3rd place at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Nice, France in 2013
  • Gold medal at Asian Junior Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2012
  • Gold medal and Junior World Record at 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona in 2012

Gymnastics

Ahmed Dayyani has proven to be a great talent and a promising talent in gymnastics by achieving outstanding results:

  • Team silver at the Pan Arab Games in Doha, December 2011
  • Qualified for the Pommel horse final during the 7th ART Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Doha, 2014
  • 2 Gold Medals on the Parallel Bar and the Horizontal Bar in 5th Arab Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Kuwait, September 2013
  • Won 6 medals (4 Gold and 2 Silver individually) and one Gold medal with team at GCC Competition in Damam KSA, February 2014

Nasser Al-Hamad has been come to the regional and continent-wide reckoning after making an impressive mark at a variety of tournaments ranging from:

  • 1st Pommel Horse, 3rd Gulf Championships in Doha, 2004
  • 3rd Individual All-Around Finals, 3rd Gulf Championships in Doha, 2004
  • 3rd Floor, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, 3rd Gulf Championships in Doha, 2004
  • 2nd Floor, Vault; 4th Gulf Championships, Under 16, in Kuwait, 2005
  • 3rd Individual All-Around Finals; 4th Gulf Championships, Under 16, in Kuwait, 2005
  • 3rd Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars, 4th Gulf Championships, Under 16, in Kuwait, 2005
  • 4th Floor category, 15th Asian Games, in Doha, 2006

Mahmoud Al-Saadi continues to raise his reputation at regional and international levels. His career so far features:

  • 3rd Pommel Horse, High Bar; 3rd Gulf Championships 2004, Qatar
  • 2nd Rings, 3rd Gulf Championships 2004, Qatar
  • 1st Pommel Horse; 4th Gulf Championships 2005, Under 16, Kuwait
  • 1st High Bar; 4th Gulf Championships 2005, Under 16, Kuwait
  • 2nd Rings, 4th Gulf Championships 2005, Under 16, Kuwait
  • Qualified for the Finals in Rings competitions, 11th Arabic Games 2007, (EGY)
  • 3rd Rings, Parallel Bars, High Bar, 10th Asian Junior Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2007 (SYR)

Sailing

Waleed Al-Sharshani:

  • Silver Medal, 2006 Asian Games, Doha, Qatar

Shooting

Mohammed Zain Al-Sunaidi:

  • Gold Medal 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior (Individual) at the 10th Arab Shooting Championships, in Kuwait, 2012

Mohammed Mazher Ahmed:

  • Silver Medal,10m Air Pistol Men Junior (Team) at the 10th Arab Shooting Championships, in Kuwait, 2012
  • Bronze Medal,10m Air Pistol Men Junior (Individual) at the 10th Arab Shooting Championships, in Kuwait, 2012

Squash

Abdulla Al-Tamimi has been a member of the Qatar Squash Federation (QSF) for more than a decade and has achieved outstanding results:

  • Awarded the ‘Outstanding Asian Junior Player of the Year’ title in recognition of his superb performances in 2013 by the Asian Squash Federation (ASF)
  • In 2013 Climbed the top of the World Junior Circuit rankings (U-19), retained his Dutch u-19 Open trophy in Amsterdam, and claimed fourth spot at the World Junior Championships in Poland

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