KUWAIT CITY, April 5: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah presented the most valuable cup in Kuwaiti football to the captain of Al-Kuwait Football Club (The Whites), Hussein Hakim, after the club spanked their arch rivals Al-Arabi Football Club 3-1 in the final match of the 54th Amir Cup played at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium.
The newly crowned champions scored all three goals during the first half of the game, as Yasin Al-Salhi opened the scoring spree 3 minutes into the game and scored another one in the sixth minute, although the referee disqualified it as an offside goal.
In the 8th minute, Talal Jaze’e scored another goal to make it 2-0 in favor of the Whites. At exactly 20 minutes into the game, Yasin Al-Salhi made it 3-0 to consolidate the victory. On the other hand, the lone consolation goal scored by Al-Arabi finally came at the 53rd minute when Hussein Al-Musawi connected a header from Fahad Al-Rushaidi through a long-range pass from Humaid Al-Qallaf, and beat the defense to net the fine goal that made the game 3-1.
Both teams entered into the game with their regular attacking selection. Mus’ab Al-Kanderi manned the post for the Whites to combine a strong defense alongside the quartet of Sami Al-Sane’, Fahad Al-Hajeri, Hussein Hakim and Fahad Awadh. In the mid-field were Fahad Al-Enzi, Nasser Al-Qahtani, Yousef Al-Khubaizi and Talal Jaze’e. They formed an effective team with the Moroccan striker Yasin Al-Salhi and Jordanian Hamza Al-Dardour.
On the other hand, Humaid Al-Qallaf kept the post for Al-Arabi. The defenders were Mohammed Furaih, Mohammad Al-Bathali, Fahad Farhan and Ahmad Ibrahim. The midfielders included Abdul-Aziz Al-Sulaimi, Talal Nayef, Yousef Al-Onaizan and Abdullah Al-Shimali, while the pair of Fahad Al-Rashidi and Feras Al-Khateeb played the striking roles.