DOHA, Qatar defeated Kuwait 1-0 on Saturday, in the opening match of the first football championship for veteran Gulf players.
The event, held in the Doha Sports Stadium, saw strong competition by both teams, in which Kuwait controlled majority of the match, through players Malek Al-Qallaf, Waleed Ali, and Obaid Al-Shammari. However, the team failed to score any goal despite the players' several attempts.
The Qatari team, on the other hand, got lucky and scored its winning goal through its substitute, Abdulaziz Hasan, just two minutes before the end of the match via a penalty kick.
For his part, Qatari veteran player, Jafal Rashed said, after the match that, the real winner in the entire encounter was the brotherly gathering of Kuwaiti and Omani players in Qatar, to participate in the country's Sports Day celebration.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti team is scheduled to face its Omani counterpart tomorrow night. The team seeks to attain a first win to revive chances of winning the title.
The event's organising committee, supervised by Qatar Football Association, held its meeting earlier and was chaired by head of the committee, Mohammad Al-Ali, and attended by head of the Kuwaiti team, Jaber Nassar, head of the Omani team, Younis Aman, and head coach of Qatar's veteran team, Saied Al-Mesnad.
The meeting highlighted a number of points ahead of the event's kick off. Some of these points include that each team should participate with 20 players only, the total duration of each match is 40 minutes, divided into 20 minutes, and that each team would receive awards at the event's conclusion.
The organising committee also approved Kuwait's proposal, submitted by Jaber Nassar, to continue holding the event in Qatar every year, to coincide with the country's Sports Day celebration.
The friendly tournament is held between Feb 10-12 in Qatar, with participation of Kuwaiti, Omani, and Qatari veteran teams.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK