Qatar’s Moeen named ‘Player of the Tournament
Yangon, Myanmar: Qatar’s Ahmed Moeen was named ‘Player of the Tournament’
after Al Anabi beat North Korea to bag the AFC U-19 title on Thursday.
Moein wore the armband again for the young Qatarisas they claimed their first AFC U-19 Championship after edging DPR Korea in a narrow 1-0 victory in Thursday’s final at Thuwunna Youth Training Centre Stadium.
“I am very happy and proud of all my team-mates and for Qatar,” said the 18-year-old.
“It means a lot for Qatar to win this tournament. We worked hard for it as it was not easy with many hard matches, we will look forward to the World Cup and I’m very happy that Qatar won this tournament for the first time.
“I am very happy to be Most Valuable Player but all my team-mates helped me to achieve this award. Winning an award like this in such a difficult competition is not easy by any means, but thanks to the help of my team-mates I have achieved it.”
His teammate Ahmed Al Sadi won the top scorer award as well.
Al Sadi, showed formidable precision in the group stages of the tournament in particular where his goals almost single-handedly hauled Qatar into the knockout stages. The Belgium-based forward was on the score-sheet in all three games as the West Asians won Group D, scoring against DPR Korea and Iraq before notching a brace against Oman.
In the quarter-final against China, Al Sadi scored within the first five minutes in his side’s 4-2 victory and although he did not net again in the semi-finals or finals, his five goal tally was enough to claim him the top scorers award ahead of fellow five-goal scorers DPR Korea’sJo Kwang-myong and Uzbekistan striker Zabikhillo Urinboev, byvirtue of a superior assist count.