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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Al Annabi showed true colours beams Metsu

Al Annabi showed true colours beams Metsu Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 January 2011 01:33
Doha: Coach Bruno Metsu was delighted Qatar were finally able to do themselves justice following the disappointing opening AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ defeat to Uzbekistan as two goals from Yusef Ahmed sealed a vital 2-0 triumph over China at Khalifa Stadium.

The Al Sadd striker broke the deadlock 27 minutes into the Group A clash with an exquisite piece of skill before adding his and Qatar's second in first-half stoppage time to reignite the hosts' hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

"We had to show the true face of our team and the players showed our real performance tonight," said Metsu.”

“I'm proud with everything that they showed and happy about this performance.

"I hope that we can have a similar display in next match against Kuwait so that we can carry on in the competition and advance to the knockout stage.

"We did our best to get a 2-0 lead in the game against China. After taking the lead, we faced a tough situation as China went on the attack as they tried to get back into the game.

"We missed several chances but I'm happy that we created these chances. I hope that we can create such chances in the next game and that we can take the pressure off our shoulders against Kuwait.”

Ahmed's first goal is an early contender for goal of the tournament as he cushioned a long ball over the top with his thigh before rifling a volley into the top corner all in one movement.

And Metsu feels the forward's display can serve as an example to other domestic players striving to break into the national team.

"Yusef didn't play well with Al Sadd at the start of the season but when we had a preparatory camp, he featured in the Qatar Stars Cup and he produced a good performance," added the 56-year-old.

"That's why we called him and I believe that he has now introduced himself to the national team and he deserved to join us.

"This is a message to the other players in the league that if they do well, they will have a chance to join the national team."

With all four sides still capable of qualifying for the last eight, Metsu spelt out the task that faces Al Annabi (the Maroons) when they take on Kuwait on Sunday.

"The situation is complicated but we have no choice other than to win in the next game," he underlined.

"China can win and Uzbekistan will try their best to win to secure first place in the group but if we want to advance, we must play to win as we did today."