Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications at QFA, and Talal Al Mawlawi, Director of Public Relations and Communications at QHIC, during the press conference.
Doha: Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Heritage and Identity Centre (QHIC) announced yesterday that they will be collaborating this year to organise the first ever ‘Lawwal Clubs Tournament’ to celebrate National Sport Day. The tournament will be held at Doha Stadium from Sunday to Tuesday.
The tournament will comprise of six teams that are named after the first football clubs formed in Qatar. The six participating teams are Al Maaref, Al Tahreer, Al Huriya, Al Ta’awon, Al Ahrar and Al Orooba.
The teams will be divided into two groups. Matches to be played on February 9 and 10 will begin at 4pm and end at 8pm. The final on Tuesday will commence at 6pm.
The word lawwal in Arabic literally means old times. The idea of the tournament stems from QFA and QHIC’s objective to portray the history of football in Qatar in the fifties.
Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications at QFA said: “We are delighted to collaborate with QHIC for the first time to bring together a tournament that allows the general public to relive Qatar’s rich culture and heritage. QFA and QHIC aim to tie generations together through organising this tournament. This tournament will also exhibit the history of football in Qatar back in the day.”
Talal Al Mawlawi, Director of Public Relations and Communications in QHIC, commented: “We are very proud to be partnering with QFA on this tournament, especially that the Qatar Heritage and Identity’s goal is to portray our past heritage and reinforce the identity of our country in various fields, specifically the field of sports.”
He added: “This tournament will have a direct positive impact on introducing and bridging the gaps between the older and current generations. It will serve as a tool to introduce the current generation to the history of football in Qatar.”