Qatar Football AssociationNational Teams | First Team
25.12.2017 6:26 in : &
KUWAIT CITY: Key Qatar defender Abdulkareem Hassan has said the young

members of the national squad are getting ‘good experience’ by

appearing at the Gulf Cup.

Under-23 star Akram Afif was the man of the match as Qatar beat Yemen

4-0 in their opening Gulf Cup match on Saturday.

“It is a good experience for all of us but for our young players, the

Gulf Cup will be very useful for them,” Hassan said. “Despite having a

young side, we promise to make the maximum effort. These young players

will go step-by-step to the end,” Hassan said.

Midfielder Ismail Mohammed, who played a key role in his team’s win on

Saturday, said: “We arrived ready for this event despite the doubts

that were hovering around the start (of the event). We have entered

the championship strongly with this win. We will try to maintain the

intensity and we aim defend our title we won three years ago.”

He added: “In general, there is no easy game and we have to enter

every match as a final. We can’t be thinking about other competitors

but we need to focus on our performances, our strengths.”