Stage set for start of football season

 12 Aug 2014 - 0:00

Al Sadd players and officials celebrate becoming the Emir Cup champions.
Lekhwiya players and officials celebrate after winning last season’s Qatar Stars League (QSL) title at Lekhwiya Stadium in Doha in April this year.


DOHA: The ball was set rolling yesterday for the start of the new football season with a technical meeting for tomorrow’s Sheikh Jassim Cup final.
Al Sadd — the Emir Cup champions — will take on Qatar Stars League (QSL) winners Lekhwiya in the one-off game at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium tomorrow.
Yesterday, the technical committee meeting took place at Al Bidda Tower — the home of football in the country.
Ali Hamoud Al Naimi, the chief organiser of the final, headed yesterday’s technical meeting attended by officials from both teams.
It was confirmed that the teams will reach the match venue two hours before the kick-off time of 7pm tomorrow.
Al Sadd will sport white shorts and jerseys while Lekhwiya will wear red and grey colours tomorrow.
Last week, Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced that it will donate the Sheikh Jassim Cup revenue to victims of Gaza.
Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Acting COO of QFA, said: “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.”
Yesterday’s meeting will be followed today by the pre-final press conferences to be attended by the coaches of both teams.
Sheikh Jassim Cup is one of the oldest tournaments organized by QFA. The first edition was launched in 1977 and featured 18 first and second division clubs. Following the Sheikh Jassim Cup, the QSL season will begin on
21st August, 2014 when 14 teams will compete to win the much sought-after title.