Following their strong performance in Chicago at the first Special Olympics Unified Cup, the Special Olympics UAE men’s football team received a warm welcome from players and fans alike as the squad attended the highly-anticipated Arabian Gulf League fixture between Al Ain and Shabab Al Ahli on Friday evening.

The unified football team, which is made up of players with intellectual disabilities and those without, is training hard to prepare for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 in March next year, with aspirations of winning a medal on home soil.

Before kick-off, the Special Olympics team walked onto the field with the players to the sound of cheers and celebration from the thousands of fans attending the match.