HH Amir attends Gulf Cup inauguration ceremony

Kuwait confident of victory against Saudi Arabia

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 21, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will patronize and attend the opening ceremony for the 23rd Gulf Cup for football on Friday at 5:15 pm at Jaber International Stadium.

The head coach of Kuwait soccer team Boris Bunjak of Serbian nationality described the match between his team and the Saudi Arabia as difficult, even though he affirmed his confidence in the ability of his players in achieving victory.

During a press conference about the match between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Coach Bunjak indicated, “There was a short period of preparation and we worked on solving some of the observations”. He stressed that the Kuwait National Team possess the type of players who are able to compete in difficult matches. Regarding the criticisms he faced concerning his choice of players, Coach Bunjak said, “That task was difficult especially since I had very short time. The players who were not chosen are good players but we could select only a certain number of players”.

He indicated that the Saudi Arabia are a strong team and have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, adding, “Despite their participation with a team formation that lacks some of their star players, the team still possess distinguished talents.”

Minister of Information Mohammad Al-Jabri directed on Wednesday all the ministry’s sectors to harness all capabilities to transmit matches and events of the 23rd Gulf Cup to be launched today. The ministry will work to ensure a distinguished transmission of the event in a manner, which reflects Kuwait’s stature and heritage, Al-Jabri told reporters in remarks while inspecting Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium.

He noted that the political leadership provided all potentials for the success of this important sports event. There is close cooperation among the ministry, the organizing committee, the Kuwait Football Association and all relevant bodies in order to ensure the success of the championship, the minister stressed.

There are 20 outside broadcast vehicles equipped with the latest technology to broadcast the encounters, in addition to 250 HD cameras, Al-Jabri revealed. He expressed his thanks and appreciations to the ministry’s staff for their efforts in preparation of a wonderful coverage of the tournament.

The event comprises two groups: Group A is arguably the tougher of the dual-group competition, which also includes the United Arab Emirates and Oman, while Group B comprises champions Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq and Yemen. Gulf Cup Group B venue Al-Kuwait Sports Club Stadium has been readied with all the needs necessary to host the regionally renowned tournament, with two fixtures on Saturday.

The stadium will pit champions Qatar against Yemen in the group’s first match followed by a showdown between Bahrain and Iraq. Organisers are adamant to present a successful event at the 18,500-spectator venue, and have readied the pitch, dressing rooms, a press centre and commentator boxes

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