Bahrain: 1 – Yemen: 0 An Expected Result [Archives:1998/34/Sports]

August 24 1998

The matches of the first group of the Asian 31st Juniors Football Championship began on Saturday, August 21. The first match was between Yemen and Bahrain in the Hamad Stadium in Doha. The Yemeni team was defeated 1-0. Rashed A. Al-Dosary scored the wining goal at the 14th minute of the first half.
The Yemeni team began very nicely during the first quarter of an hour in the first half. But the Bahraini team managed to control the field soon. They knew how our team worked during the match and could confidently pass through our defenses.
At the 53rd minute of the match, the Yemeni player Hani Abdu-Rahman got a red card. At the last minutes of the second half, our team launched very good attacks in the Bahraini goal zone, but even that did not work. The Yemeni players, actually, lacked confidence and physical fitness.
About the match:
a- The referees very honestly and perfectly led the match.
b- The Yemeni fans were there to support our team. On the other hand, there was no Bahraini fans.
c- The Yemeni defender Mohammed Hamadah was injured during the friendly match between Yemen and Qatar and so he couldn’t participate in Saturday’s match. Mr. Ali Al-Ashwal, head of the Football Association; Abdullah Al-Mal, head of the Arabian Club; and Othman Sharaf, vice chairman of the Bahraini Football Association, attended the opening match.
d- Our team played according to a certain defense technique. They depended only upon counter attacks and could not go through the Bahraini defenses.