Doha: Qatar Stars League Management (QSLM) Chief Executive Officer Hani Taleb Ballan congratulated Al Duhail on winning the Qatar Cup. They defeated defending champions Al Sadd 2-1 in the final.
The CEO expressed his sincere congratulations to the Board of Directors of the Al Duhail club, their technical staff, players, officials and fans for emerging as champions in the prestigious tournament’s fifth edition.
Hani hailed the good performances put up by the four competing teams (Al Duhail, Al Sadd, Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa) which finished in that order in the QNB Stars League.
“The spectators watched the matches with great passion. The teams fought it out in the semifinals to qualify for the final. In the end, Al Duhail lifted the cup of pride.
“The QSLM, as always, gave this elite event huge importance in terms of preparations, organisation and arrangements in co-ordination and collaboration with our valued partners. We believe we’ve delivered the goods in the most appropriate manner,” said Hani.
He pointed out that the championship has a special place in the minds of the people of Qatar. It was first held in the 1994-95 season as the Heir Apparent’s Cup, a mark of respect to the rulers of Qatar. The tournament continued under the same guise until the 2013-14 season when it was rebranded as the Qatar Cup to represent the great State of Qatar and its people.
The QSL CEO expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for the invaluable support given to sports in general and football in particular.
Hani also extended his thanks and appreciation to all partners, sponsors and supporters of the 2018 Qatar Cup, the host broadcaster and the media, which provided the tournament with extensive coverage.
The top QSL official expressed his wish to continue the partnership and association with all stakeholders in the competition’s future editions in order to achieve common objectives.