SEVEN former Qatari players, who had excelled with clubs and the national team, were honoured at a grand ceremony held at the Katara cultural village last Monday.
Mahmoud Sufi, Juma Salem, Zamal Al Kuwari, Abdulnasser Al Obaidly, Wesam Rizik and Ibrahim Al Ghanem were presented with mementoes while Ahmed Salman was honoured posthumously.
The event, jointly organised by the Qatar Football Association and Qatar Players Association (QPA), was attended by Minister of Culture and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali and a host of leading officials and players from the country’s sports fraternity.
“We assembled to honour the Qatari players who contributed a lot to our national team and their clubs. I’m very glad that the QPA has organised such an event. I hope it’ll be continued in the coming years and our young players are inspired by their achievements,” Al Ali told Doha Stadium Plus.
QPA President Salman Al Ansari said, “The idea was to recognise the contribution of Qatari players. We tried to strike a balance while making the selection, choosing some of the old players who won the 1992 Gulf Cup for Qatar, the first major title of our country, as well as others who retired recently.”
Wesam described it as a great gesture.
“I really appreciate the QPA’s gesture. It’s really a great step. I feel proud to have been honoured and thank everybody for the support I’ve got all these years,” said Wesam.