5/3/2017 8:30:08 AM



SADD fans, particularly the younger ones, could not hold back their love for Jugurtha Hamroun as they jostled each other while trying to reach him after the Qatar Cup podium ceremony. It seemed a bit annoying even to an onlooker, but not for the Algerian player, who took it in his stride, kept smiling and obliged requests for selfies. 

Hamroun, who had yet another impressive outing in Sadd colours, scored a brilliant winner and was adjudged the man of the match. He also top-scored in the four-team tournament with three goals from two games.

The 28-year-old, who joined Sadd from Romanian club Steaua Bucharest last summer, said he “felt honoured” to have netted the winner, a screamer from the edge of the box after
receiving a pass from compatriot Baghdad Bounedjah.

“Everybody wanted to give his all to achieve the success and I feel honoured to have scored the goal, which sealed the title. It’s not really important who scores as team is always important, yet netting the winner is something special. Playing the final of any tournament itself is incredible and it makes you really ecstatic when you lift the trophy on the podium. Winning the man-of-the-match award made it a truly memorable occasion for me,” said Hamroun, who had scored six goals in his debut Qatar Stars League campaign.

The winger said last week’s triumph should help his team-mates alleviate the pain of losing out on the league title.

“We had set the target of winning the league shield as well as all other championships because, as everyone knows, Sadd are never satisfied with runners-up spot. We were very much in the hunt going into the final lap of the league race, but we lost out there. It was disappointing because, when we look back, we had played well throughout the competition. The Qatar Cup win should help us forget the disappointment to some extent,” said the former player of French side Guingamp.

Hamroun said there was pressure on him and team-mates after losing the league title.

“Of course, there was pressure, but it was a positive pressure. And Jaish made it really difficult for us. We took the lead, but Jaish equalised and stretched us. But looking back, we dominated the game and deservedly won the title. Now, we’ve the Emir’s Cup, which is the most prestigious tournament in Qatar. We’re eager to win it and we’ve the players to achieve it,” said Hamroun.

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