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Injury to Omani star dims journalism school's title hopes in Tsinghua football competition

Muadh Ali, before his injury

By Bapati Mmotlanyane

Global Business Journalism's star footballer, midfielder Muadh Ali of Oman, is out for about six weeks with a hamstring injury, dealing the School of Journalism and Communication's title hopes a serious setback.

Ali picked up an injury during his team's clash with the School of Social Sciences on Sunday at Zijing Field. The score line stood 0-0, with both sides seemingly heading into the half time break after an action-packed first 45 minutes, when Ali went down clutching to his left thigh. The injury appeared to occur while the midfielder was out of possession.

It is a massive blow for Ali in what has been an exciting start to the season. The first-year Global Business Journalism student from Oman was very influential in the first two games of the season with his creativity and pace rushing forward.

Ali said his injury is a result of a nagging muscle strain.

“ I think I aggravated the injury by over-stretching while tracking back towards the end of the first half," he recalled. That is when I realized there was too much pain."

The midfielder revealed that the medical report suggest that he will be sidelined for six weeks to allow for a full recovery. This news will not bode down well for team supporters, given Ali’s sterling performances in the last two games.

Ali will not be the only missing star on the journalism school's team as it prepares for a crucial encounter against the School of Humanities this coming Sunday. The team’s captain and midfield lynchpin Zhu Hong Xu will also be missing for the Sunday game, as he will be on university duty representing the senior team that will also be playing their match at the same time. TSJC is desperate for a win to seal a qualification to the knockout stages of the university competition with one more game remaining.

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