Qatar Football Team come home to a hero's welcome

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Qatar Football Team come home to a hero's welcome

Asian Cup 2019 champs Qatar got back home to a cheerful welcome on Saturday evening, with the Amir HH Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al Thani himself leading the welcome party. 

Al Annabi beat Japan 3-1 in Friday's Asian Cup final in Abu Dhabi to win the mainland's show-stopper competition for the first time in the country's football history. 

Flown home on a sanctioned Qatar Airways departure from Oman's Sohar, the champions got a red-carpet welcome upon landing in the Doha Airport (Old Airport) around 7pm. 

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker opened the entryways of the plane after it contacted down as captain Hassan al Haydos drove the group out with the gold trophy in hand. They rose as the Diwan bands played the national anthem. 

HH the Amir and his Personal Representative HH Sheik Jassim bin Hamad al Thani embraced and garlanded every individual from the team, including coach Felix Sanchez and Qatar Football Association President Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa container Ahmed al Thani. 

The Amir praised the champions and the training and authoritative staff, commending their soul and diligent work all through the Asian Cup battle. 

The players then headed on to a stage shaped like a victory arc for a photograph session with their maiden Asian Cup, before being sped into an open-rooftop bus for a voyage through the city. 

The bus took them through the heart of the city, where a large number of fans had been holding on to get a look at the Asian Cup champions. 


Several ministers and high-positioning authorities were additionally present at the airplane terminal to get the victors, nearby the families, companions and a few individuals from the national group who couldn’t make the trip to play in the Asian Cup. 

Father of Almoez Ali and Assim Madibo, who was in the horde of fans and columnists, revealed to QT: "It is indeed a happy day for my family and Qatar. I am proud of my son for what he has achieved along with Qatar’s national team. The players deserve their victory and I am here to support him and the team." 

The 22-year-old, whose record nine goals in the competition made him the best goal scorer in any Asian Cup, was described as a destiny child by the father. "Even as a little boy, he always loved to play football and it is his destiny to shine in the game." 

Al Duhail captain and national team person Mohammed Musa and recovering Ismaeil Mohammed said it was the most joyful minute for Qatari football and they were glad for their colleagues.