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BAGHDAD, Jan 8: Kuwaiti coaches Mohammad Al-Mashaan and Malik Al-Qallaf stressed Sunday the necessity of benefiting from the participation of the Kuwaiti national team in the Arabian Gulf Football Championship (Gulf 25). In statements to KUNA, the two coaches said that most of the teams participate in the (Gulf 25) championship adopted a clear plan by involving new players to develop them, raise their readiness and benefit from the technical returns in preparing strong teams on the continent level. Al-Mashaan noted that the Kuwaiti team’s performance first match in the competition was good, despite some tactical blunders, stressing that the Kuwaitis possess sufficient talents and high technical standards. He also said that the technical level of the teams in the first round was average, but at the same time they achieved the technical goals desired by the coaches.
In turn, Al-Qallaf pointed out that the Kuwaiti team did not deserve to lose in their first match, but some individual mistakes committed by some players effected the whole performance. Al-Qallaf praised the Saudi and Bahraini teams, considering them the most convincing in the first round of the tournament, due to the technical and administrative stability that the two missions are characterized by, which enhance their chances of reaching far in the tournament.
The Arabian Gulf Cup is one of the most prominent sporting events in the region and has drawn a large audience and strong competition since its inception, remarkably developing at all technical, and organizing and media levels. The tournament initially began in 1970 with the participation of only four teams, namely Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, then the number increased to five teams in the second tournament and to six teams in the third tourney. (KUNA)