We are ready to double our efforts, says Hassan
KUWAIT CITY: Experienced defender Abdulkareem Hassan said on Thursday Qatar players will double their efforts against Bahrain on Friday when the two teams clash in a key Gulf Cup match.
A win on Friday at the Jaber international Stadium for defending champions Qatar side will see them through to the semi-finals of the eight-team tournament.
A draw would suffice for Bahrain to secure their last-four berth from Group B.
“We are ready to double our efforts against Bahrain. It is a difficult match for both teams but for us to emerge victorious, we have to play attacking game to get a positive result,” Hassan said on Thursday.
“There is a positive mood in the camp. There are a lot of young players in the squad. The seniors are helping the junior players so that the team benefits,” the 24-year-old defender said.
“We have rested well and we feel ready going into this match. We have forgotten the previous match and our focus is on the Bahrain clash. We consider this an early final,” Hassan said. “We have no other alternative but to go for the win and that’s what we plan to do,” he added.
“God willing, we will do everything in our power and ambition to get this success,” Hassan, a popular figure with the media, said with his trademark smile in place.
Hassan said Qatar won’t be found lacking in focus and desire to win on Friday.
“We will do everything to win this match. Like I said, this is a final before the final,” Hassan said while talking to a scrum of sports reporters from Qatar.
“Nobody knows the result of the match on Friday but we know we will give it our best shot,” the tall defender said.
“The desire to win and reach the semi-finals is very high. The morale of the players is high. Our desire to win will be reflected in our performance,” Hassan said.