Doha: Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced that it will donate the Sheikh Jassim Cup revenue to victims of Gaza.
The match will be played between Emir Cup Champions Al Sadd and Qatar Stars League (QSL) champions Lekhwiya, and will take place on August 13 at Lekhwiya Stadium and will kick off at 7pm.
Sheikh Jassim Cup is the season-opening football tournament in Qatar.
Yesterday QFA announced that the newly-built Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium – the home base of Lekhwiya – will host the Sheikh Jassim Cup.
“As part of our social responsibility, we will be cooperating with our partner, ROTA, where it will be in charge of all the necessary procedures that ensure the revenue of the match is sent to the victims of the Gaza Strip,” Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Acting COO of QFA said.
“Our support to Gaza’s victims that have faced violence at the hands of the Israeli occupation for over a period of one month is of utmost importance for QFA and this is the least we can do to support these unaided civilians. It’s a great opportunity for the fans to attend the match to contribute to this charitable and humanitarian cause and support the innocent Palestinian people. We are all in solidarity with the Palestinian people and are eager to make a difference in their lives through this considerable donation,” he added.
QFA and ROTA signed an MoU earlier this year in which ROTA and QFA agreed to work together on joint initiatives and activities that aim to support social, educational, and sport fields to develop the unprivileged communities in Qatar and in Asia.
Also making common cause with Gaza is QSL side Al Arabi which has decided to donate all match proceeds of the 2014-15 season to victims of Gaza.
An announcement was made yesterday by club officials here yesterday.
According to a statement posted on the club’s official website, Chairman Hitmi bin Ali Khalifa Al Hitmi and the Board of Directors at Al Arabi Sports Club unanimously decided to forego all match proceeds the club were due to receive in the new season.
Meanwhile arrangements for hosting the Sheikh Jassim Cup are in full swing.
QFA officials will meet counterparts from QSL on August 11 to hammer out the final arrangements for the game on August 13.
The pre-final press conference involving coaches and the players from each side will take place on August 12 at Al Bidda Tower – the home of football in Doha.
Sheikh Jassim Cup was first held in 1977 and have been a regular feature on the Qatar football calendar every season.
Al Sadd have won the event 12 times while Al Arabi have emerged champions on six occasions.
Qatar SC, Al Wakra and Al Rayyan have won the event four times each.