Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister Congratulates Gulf Champions

Dec 07, 2010, 05:20 ET from Al Madar

KUWAIT CITY, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah praised Kuwait's national football team Sunday for winning its tenth Gulf Cup, by defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0. While it has been 12 years since its last win, Kuwait has won the most Gulf Cup tournaments of any country.

"I would like to extend my fervent congratulations to the Kuwait national football team," Sheikh Jaber said after the team's victory in Yemen. "Under the leadership of President of the Kuwait Football Association Sheikh Talal Al-Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and team coach Goran Tufegdzic, we have a highly skilled team that is already showing greatness. We look forward to success for the team in its next competition in the Asian Cup in January."

The team is travelling to Egypt next to prepare for the Asian Cup finals in Doha next month. Following the victory against Saudi Arabia, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah donated one million KD ($3,554,570) in support of the players and the football team administration, KUNA announced Monday.

Kuwaiti midfielder Bader Al-Mutawa won the Golden Boot award while winger Fahad Al-Enezi was named best player in the tournament and Nawaf Al-Khaldi won the golden glove award.  Saudi Arabia and Kuwait last met in the Gulf Cup final in the 1974 tournament held in Kuwait, which ended in a 4-0 win for Kuwait.

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