It was a brave show by Qatar: QFA President
RIYADH: Qatar Football Association (QFA) President Sheikh Hamad bin
Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani lauded the players’ courage after Qatar on
Wednesday stunned hosts Saudi Arabia to win the Gulf Cup.
Saudi Arabia took the lead through Saud Kariri in the 16th minute in
the final but Qatar hit back just two minutes later through Al Mahdi
In the second half, Khouki Bualem deflected a ferocious volley past
Saudi Arabi goalkeeper to score the winning goal in what was the 58th
“First of all, I would like to congratulate the Emir, His Highness
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and His Excellency Sheikh Jassim Bin
Hamad Al Thani on this brilliant achievement by Qatar,” QFA President
said at King Fahd International Stadium.
“I have to say it was a brave show by our boys,” he said. “They fought
all the way and never looked like giving in to pressure. I am sure the
fans will be thrilled with this win,” QFA President added.
“It was a very important event for us and I am pleased with the way we
played this event. We have more events coming up that are crucial for
our team,” QFA President said.
“I am sure the boys will keep working hard, just as we did today. We
won’t stop here,” he added.
Qatar’s next big assignment is the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia in January.