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Posted On: 27 November 2019 09:58 am
Updated On: 27 November 2019 10:16 am

Arabian Gulf Cup 2019: Kuwait to face Saudi Arabia in group B

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Kuwait will face Saudi Arabia on Wednesday at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium at Al Duhail in the first round of the Arabian Gulf Cup which will be hosted by Doha until December 8.

The two teams are keen to win the match and enter early in the atmosphere of the competition, with the participation of the most prominent elements, as well as the good levels and positive results achieved in the qualifying matches for the World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023.

The Kuwaiti team holds the record in winning the title with 10 titles while the Saudi team won the title three times.

The Kuwaiti team, led by coach Thamer Anad is at its best technical and moral level and includes a group of distinguished players, mostly from Kuwait SC and Qadisiyah.

French coach Herve Renard is leading the Saudi team, where he expressed his happiness to participate in the tournament, and said that preparations were not strong in the absence of Al Hilal players, who are the main strength of the squad. He pointed out that the players are scheduled to join the Saudi team this evening.

Renard said that facing Kuwait tomorrow will be difficult and important at the same time as the match will largely determine the rest of the team's campaign, as well as that the team will play in the case of injuries and absences of the players of Al Hilal, where the squad currently includes only 12 players and goalkeeper.

On the other hand, the Saudi team narrowly outperforms its Kuwaiti counterpart historically, where they have met 39 times in all tournaments, and the Saudi team won in 14 games while the Kuwaiti won in 13. The Saudi attack scored 43 goals while the Kuwaiti attack scored 41 goals.

The Saudi team was present on the podiums in 16 participations, during which it won the championship three times, in 1994 in the UAE, 2002 in Riyadh and 2003 in Kuwait. The team finished runner-up six times and in third place seven times.

Manager of the Saudi team Herve Renard expressed pleasure for participating in the championship, noting that the preparations were not strong in light of the absence of Al Hilal team who represent the basic strength of the squad.

He said that facing Kuwait tomorrow will be difficult as well as important because it will determine the rest of the team's journey, noting that the team includes now only 12 players and one goal keeper.

(Source: Qatar News Agency - QNA)