The ambassador of the Republic of Sudan to Qatar, Abdel Rahim al-Siddig expressed his happiness at the presence of his country’s first football team delegation in Doha, as it prepares to meet Libya today in the qualifiers for the finals of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021.
In a statement, al-Siddig said that the tournament hosted by Qatar is a large Arab gathering, which is considered the best preparation for the 2022 World Cup, “and that is why we must contribute significantly, effectively and positively to the final rehearsal before the start of the World Cup at the end of next year.”
He stressed that Qatar succeeded in preparing in an ideal manner, and that the organisation of the tournament will be unique and distinct, especially since the work began early, and that Qatar’s preparations to host the World Cup continued successfully during the current year, despite the challenges posed by the emerging coronavirus pandemic. The Sudanese ambassador talked about the importance of hosting sports events and tournaments before the 2022 World Cup to ensure the efficiency of all stadiums and facilities and assess their readiness in preparation for welcoming fans and football stars in 2022, noting that Qatar has achieved remarkable success in hosting many tournaments during the last period, with its commitment to implementing all preventive measures and measures to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
He expressed his hopes that the Sudanese national team can qualify for the Arab Cup finals in its first edition, under the supervision of FIFA and with the organisation and hospitality of the Qatar, which is preparing to organise the 2022 World Cup, stressing at the same time the readiness of the Sudanese community in Qatar to provide the required support and encouragement.
Somalia’s squad arrives in Doha
The Somalia’s national team arrived yesterday in Doha to participate in the qualifiers for the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021. The “Ocean Stars” will appear take on Oman tomorrow at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, for a place in Group A, which includes hosts Qatar, Iraq, and the winner of the Bahrain-Kuwait match. The Somali team had finished its preparations before arriving in Doha through a camp that included a friendly match against the Djibouti team, which they lost 0-1.
The team is now looking forward to good show in the Arab Cup after failing to cross into the second phase of the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Omar Mahmoud, head of the delegation of the Somali national team, expressed his pride that his country is part of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, extending his thanks to the organising committee and Qatar for hosting and the great opportunity to appear in an event he described as great, especially since it is under the supervision of the International Football Association.
“Our goal is to qualify for the finals and return here at the end of next November to be part of the Arab Championship finals, which will provide us with a great opportunity to engage with big teams that have weight in football, whether in Asia or Africa,” He added.
Qasim Abdul Samad, a member of the Board of Directors of the Somali Federation and a member of the team’s delegation to the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, confirmed that the Somali team is excited to participate in the tournament, which is of great importance, especially since it is held under the umbrella of FIFA.
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