Shaikh Khalid leads champions’ parade
HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa led the national parade which was organised to celebrate the team’s historic triumph in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.
The Kingdom’s men defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 en route to winning the Arabian Gulf Cup for the first time since it’s launch. The parade began from Bahrain National Airport and concluded at Bahrain International Circuit.
First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee received Bahrain’s national football team members at the airport upon their return from Qatar.
Joining HH Shaikh Khalid in welcoming the team back home were HH Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Vice President of Riffa Club, Aymen bin Tawfeeq Al Moayed, Salman Isa bin Hindi, Governor of Muharraq Governorate, Mohammed Al Nisf, Secretary-General of Bahrain Olympic Committee and other officials in the sports and youth sector as well as media representatives.
“Bahrain is proud of your unprecedented achievement. You made what was impossible possible. The team showcased extraordinary performances in the event and reached the final game, in which the team’s display was nothing but filled with sacrifices and desire to gift Bahrain its first title in this tournament and, in the process, trigger nationwide celebrations,” HH Shaikh Khalid said during the ceremony.
“The team wrote a new chapter in our sport history after winning the 24th edition of this tournament which was introduced on Bahrain’s soil in 1970.
The team printed Bahrain name with golden letters in the hero registry of this competition,” he further added. He concluded by saying: “We lived the best football epic for our national team in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup. It featured the true Bahraini spirit, grit, unity and desire to make this achievement real.
This accomplishment will remain in our hearts and minds forever,” praising the efforts of the technical and administrative staff of the team.