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Djibouti win Bronze medal at Arab Cup after being stopped in semi-finals by eventual winners Iraq

African team had top scorer and coach Omar Mahfoud said: ‘Intention was to win the trophy, but securing the third place against a top class Qatar side is pride for my players, myself and the whole of Djibouti’


DJIBOUTI finished third in the 2014 Under-17 Arab Cup soccer tournament when they beat hosts Qatar 3-2 on post-match penalties in the bronze medal game.

The teams had tied 3-3 after normal time of the match in Doha on Sunday.

Iraqis win

Earlier in the semi-finals played on November 30, Djibouti’s stout run for the Main Cup glory came to an end when a clinical Iraq beat the African team 4-0. In the other semi-final, Qatar also slumped to a 1- 4 defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia.

The Iraqis went on to beat the Saudis 2-0 in the Final and lift the Cup.

Goalie

In the hotly-contested third place play-off match goalkeeper Gamil Haider was the Djibouti hero who saved two kicks.

Also at the end of the tournament Djiboutian striker, Moussa Hassan, was recognised as the top scorer of the two week-long event. He scored six goals.

“My intention was to win the trophy, but securing the third place against a top class Qatar side is pride for my players, myself and the whole of Djibouti,” said coach Omar Mahfoud.

First time out

“Having the top scorer of the tourney was another achievement. These boys were playing outside Djibouti for the first time.”

Djibouti FA president Souleiman Hassan Waberi, who watched Sunday’s match, was the first to embrace and congratulate his youngsters. He said he was happy with how well they performed.

2014 Under-17 Arab Cup:

Group ‘A’:

Mauritania 3-4 Djibouti

Qatar 3-1 Mauritania

Djibouti 1-1 Qatar

Group ‘B’:

Iraq 2-1 Sudan

Saudi Arabia 5-0 Palestine

Sudan 2-0 Palestine

Iraq 0-0 Saudi Arabia

Palestine 0-2 Iraq

Saudi Arabia 1-1 Sudan

Semi-finals:

Qatar 1-4 Saudi Arabia

Iraq 4-0 Djibouti

3rd place play-off:

Qatar 3-3 [2-3 pen] Djibouti

FINAL:

Iraq 2-0 Saudi Arabia

–  Reported by Shafi’i Mohyaddin,member CECAFA Media Committee