Noting that national sports and sportspeople are the face of the UAE and represent the country to the world, Sheikh Khalifa said it is the duty of all of us to stand by them and to develop their abilities and skills to represent the UAE and hoist its flag high at all regional and international sports events.
Sheikh Khalifa made his remarks at the Al-Rawdha Palace in Al-Ain as he received members of the UAE National Football Team who won the 21st Gulf Cup title on Friday in Bahrain.
“The achievement made by the sons of the UAE at this big Gulf event swept the UAE with joy and renewed our continuous celebration of our achievements. It is an opportunity to show our solidarity and eternal love for this generous country,” the President said as shook hands with the team members in presence of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President’s Representative.
Congratulating the people of the UAE for this achievement , Sheikh Khalifa added: “achievements cannot be made out of nothing. Rather, they are made through diligent work, patience and self-belief and, above all, through love to the country, as we all walk the same path and seek to make our state and its pride the ultimate and highest goal.” Noting that sports have become a high priority in the UAE, he added that their development and achievements reflect growth, evolution and prosperity in all spheres.
He hailed the high morale of the national team, which allowed it to win the 21st Gulf Cup Football Tournament, and the efforts of technical and management team led by coach Mahdi Ali to harness all the capabilities of the youth to claim the title.
“Championships, results and hoisting the country’s flag high is not possible without diligence, dedication, love to the country, efforts as well as the realization of the potentials being harnessed. This was achieved last night and we want it repeated at future championships.” His Highness Sheikh Khalifa reiterated his interest in extending continuous support to all sports and sportspeople in the UAE in order to enable the youth to hoist their country’s flag even higher at all events in the UAE and abroad.
Adding that sports, their evolution shown in various games as well as regional and international championships and achievements, all clearly reflect development achieved in other spheres, he noted that the UAE’s interest in sports is as high as it is in any other sphere.
President Khalifa urged the champions of 21st Gulf Cup Football Tournament to consider this achievement as a first step to more achievements in order to reflect the growth and development the UAE has achieved. He also urged them to set a good example for the youth with their good manners.
Expressing his pleasure to have this outstanding constellation of Emirati youth, the President noted that the thrill that swept the country after the match last night reflect all sincere efforts of the people of the UAE and its loyal youth.
The team members pledged to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to continue the march, make efforts to claim more titles at future championships as a token of loyalty and sincerity to their country and its wise leadership who continues to provide all support and capabilities for success and winning.
They expressed heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his huge support during this championship and all other competitions. They also stressed that they will work on realizing the aspirations of His Highness, achieving more titles and hoisting their country’s flag at all future events.
In presence were H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, H.H. Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, H.H Lt.General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, Dr. Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Hazza Bin Tahnoun, Undersecretary of the Court of Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Ahmed Juma Al Za’abi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs, officials of the UAE Football Association, sportspersons and a host of representatives of the media. PH.