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Friday, January 14, 2011

Al Saify: Jordan motivated by Japan heartbreak

Al Saify: Jordan motivated by Japan heartbreak Print E-mail
Friday, 14 January 2011 16:47
Doha: Striker Oday Al Saify said that Jordan had turned the disappointment of drawing their opening match against Japan into a positive source of motivation after their 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Al Nashama drew their AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ Group B opener against the Japanese when Maya Yoshida headed in a stoppage-time equaliser in their 1-1 draw last Sunday. But the Jordanians were not to be denied victory a second time around as they made Baha’ Abdelrahman’s strike late in the first half stand up as the only goal at the Al Rayyan Stadium.

“All the players learned their lessons from the Japan game,” said Al Saify (pictured).

“It was disappointing result because we conceded the equaliser against them very late in the game and lost two points.

“But our players learned from the experience and we played hard until the last minute today and we gained a memorable result for Jordan.

“Today, the game was very important for Jordan. All of our players were very determined to produce something special as we really wanted to take the three points to go to the next round.”

Although the Saudis dominated possession, they failed to create many meaningful chances against a superbly disciplined Jordanian defence that was missing captain and centre-back Hatem Aqel, who was sidelined with a knee injury.

“Even without Hatem Aqel, all of our players were ready for the match today and we all played at the same level,” Al Saify explained.

“It is certainly a big win for us. We all wanted three points and we managed
it against a strong team like Saudi Arabia.

“All of our fans are very happy today and I must say thank you to all of them for the support that they gave us.”

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