Qatar Cup Unveiled at Glittering Ceremony
DOHA: The Qatar Cup was officially unveiled on Monday at the Museum of
Islamic Art in front of the gathered media and VIP guests.
The lavish ceremony was set against the backdrop of one of Doha’s most
iconic buildings, a location deserving of the event.
The shimmering golden façade of the trophy was a sight to behold,
measuring 57cm tall and 22cm wide.
The Qatar Cup will be contested among the top four sides in the Qatar
Stars League (QSL) which concluded last Friday.
Essa Al Hitmi, the General Manager of Al Kass talked about the
inspiration for the Cup with great pride.
“The shape of the trophy was inspired by the flag of Qatar and the
country’s national anthem is engraved on the back of it. After all, it
is called the Qatar Cup,” Al Hitmi said.
The guests were treated to music and a short video presentation about
the Cup which was then followed by speeches Al Hitmi, General manager
of Al Kass sports channel, Ahmed Al Harami, QSL Chief of Competition and
Football Development and Deputy CEO of QSL Hani Balan who all spoke
about the new competition, its design and what they hoped it would add
to Qatar’s football landscape.
Balan said: “This is a competition for the top four and it’s an honour
for them to compete in it. This is the first time that all four teams
will compete in it and there will be a new winner of the cup. This
trophy is the pride and joy of all the people of Qatar and it was
designed and made here.”
Ahmed Al Harami, QSL Chief of Competition and Football Development, said:
“This is the first time for this new competition. Everyone remembers
the first team who wins a new trophy so I am sure the four teams will
give it all they’ve got.”
Both semi-finals will be played on Saturday April 19 with El Jaish up
against Al Sadd at 5:15pm in the Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, and then
later in the evening at 8:00pm the QSL Champions Lekhwiya will face
fourth place finishers Al Sailiyah.
The two teams to win the knock out matches will progress to the final
which will be played on Saturday April 26 at the Abdulla Bin Khalifa
Stadium at 7:00pm.