WC venue Khalifa International Stadium hosts Qatargas League match
DOHA: The spectacularly-lit up Khalifa International Stadium on Friday
opened doors to home action when it hosted a Qatargas Under-23 clash
between Al Kharaitiyat and Umm Salal.
This was the first match since Qatar hosted China in a 2018 FIFA World
Cup qualifying match earlier in the football season.
Al Kharaitiyat won 4-1 as the Under-23 players got a feel of the new
pitch at the picturesque venue.
Set to host a few matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Khalifa
International Stadium was inaugurated by H H the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin
Hamad Al Thani for the 2017 Emir Cup final in May.
The Under-23 clash was also an opportunity for media in Qatar to have
access and cover a local match for the first time.
Television crews were also present to telecast the game live as QFA
set up coverage centres for every form of media.
The football authorities in Qatar running programs to test the new
venue that was fully renovated five years ahead of the 2022 FIFA World
Cup to be staged in Qatar.
Every FIFA World Cup hosts undergoes similar programs to test its facilities.