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Austria, Mexico clash for 3rd place US, Canada vie for U-19 Football World Championship title

KUWAIT CITY, July 15: Under the Patronage of his highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the third U-19 American Football World Championship, which has left the shores of the United States of America for the first time to be hosted in Kuwait, will conclude its match ups tonight, with America vs Canada. The final match will determine whether America will snatch the title off Canada, considering Canada won the last championship, or will the Canadian team go home as champions once again.

Prior to the final match, Austria will meet Mexico at the fields of Al-Nasr sports club, to fight for third place while last night, France went against Japan in a match up that determined which of the teams will occupy fifth and sixth place in the championship. Since Kuwait have sadly lost all of their matches, they were pitched against Germany last night as well, who also lost all their matches in the championship, giving both teams one last shot for a win, for both teams were determined to conclude the championship in seventh place at least, and not at the bottom of the list.

Moreover, Sheikh Mishal Talal Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Deputy Chairman of the Asian Federation of American Football (AFAF) and member of the American Football and Rugby Committee affirmed that Kuwait hosting this world championship is a great achievement, and the fact that no complaints or notices were heard from participating teams, indicates that Kuwait has done a great job in being the host considering its being held during the holy month of Ramadan.

“When the public hears about the loses that Kuwait have suffered throughout the championship, some assume that our team did not put in enough effort,” stated Sheikh Mishal, clarifying that if they knew about the vast differences in experience between Kuwait and other participating teams, the public would understand that a large amount of effort was exhausted.

He further clarified that teams like Canada, America and Austria have a well established foundation of the game in their respected countries, which dates back for years now, and Kuwait are only in their initial stages, asserting that Kuwait will only move forward from here on out, in terms of developing the sport.

While extending an invitation to the Kuwaiti public to attend the finals and support Kuwait as a host and a team, he expressed his gratitude to all the members of the organizing committee, the Kuwaiti team, and the media for their honest efforts in making this American Football U-19 World Championship a great success.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb

Arab-Times Staff


By: Ahmed Al-Naqeeb

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