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BAGHDAD, Jan 15 : The State of Kuwait will be hosting the 26th Gulf Cup in December of 2024, Gulf Football Association’s head Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani announced on Sunday. In a press conference, Al-Thani affirmed that the tournament would be held in Kuwait as efforts and preparations for the upcoming event are in place. He commended the 25th Gulf Cup held in Basra, saying that it was so far a success. The semifinals of the tournament, on Monday, will see Iraq facing Qatar and Bahrain against Oman.
The group stage matches concluded on Friday with Kuwait and UAE eliminated from Group B after drawing with Bahrain and Qatar respectively. Kuwait went out on goal difference with four points, while UAE exited with a point.Bahrain led the group with 7 points while Qatar finished second on 4 points. Director of the Iraqi Border Ports Commission Major General Omar Al-Waeli said on Sunday that more than 55,000 GCC visitors have entered Iraq so far, since the start of Gulf Cup 25, through Al-Basra International Airport and Safwan Border Crossing. In a statement to KUNA, Al- Waeli said the total number of visitors who came through Al-Basra International Airport, since December 28th until today, reached 16,874 while 38,527 visitor entered through Safwan Border with Kuwait.
The total number of visitors amounted to 55,401, including fans, players, official delegations and media personnel from all countries participating in the tournament, added Al-Waeli. The Iraqi government has provided great facilities for citizens of the Arab Gulf states and Yemen to enter the country and support their teams in the championship currently being held in Basra. (KUNA)