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Tuesday , January 28 2020

Bahrain win first Arabian Gulf Cup

HH Amir hails successful Qatar-hosted Gulf Cup

Bahrain celebrate after winning the Gulf Cup.

DOHA, Dec 8, (KUNA): Mohammad Al-Rumaihi the hero as Bahrain edged Saudi Arabia 1-0 to win their maiden Gulf Cup held in Doha, Qatar. In the first half, both teams performed well and were very close to each other’s nets.

In the 12th minute , Saudi Arabia’s Salman Al-Faraj squandered a golden chance when he failed to score from a penalty shot.

After a goalless first half both teams raised their game in the second half but were sometimes wasteful .

However, the breakthrough came in 68th minute, when Bahrain’s Mohammad Al-Rumaihi scored the only goal of the game, helping his team snatch the most prosperous trophy.

Kuwait won the Arabian Gulf Cup title ten times, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq have the title three times each. Oman and the UAE won the trophy twice each and Bahrain once.

Bahrainis have failed to win the title throughout the biennial event’s 49-year history, finishing as runners-up on four occasions.

Four months ago, Bahrain won the 2019 West Asian Football Federation Championship (WAFF), which was hosted by Iraq’s Irbil. Meanwhile His Highness the Amir Sheiklh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the conclusion of the successful football 24th Arabian Gulf Cup on Sunday.

“The event achieved its aspired goals of strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and interaction among the Gulf neighbours,” read the congratulatory cable. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah praised the huge preparations made by the organising committee ahead of the tournament and the exceptional facilitations provided for this regional event, which made it a resounding success.

He also hailed the sportsmanship demonstrated by the competing sides at the much-celebrated event.

He went on to wish the Qatari Amir the best of health and his country, growth and prosperity. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah both expressed similar sentiments in separate cables.

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