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Friday, January 28, 2011

Qatar silences critics


By Onochie Anibeze
Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup is still close to twelve years away but signals from the ongoing Asian Cup holding in the oil-rich country are indicative that the tournament will be a massive success. For the past two weeks or so, the entire country has been in a festive mood, providing a carnival like atmosphere as the Asian Cup gets to the final stage.
The participating teams have been exhibiting scintillating soccer – usually fast, highly technical and fascinating to watch – as thousands of spectators who flock the stadia and television viewers around the world will live to cherish the Asian Cup experience.
Qatar which got the 2022 World Cup hosting right a few months back has indeed demonstrated high organisational accomplishment as the continental tourney has been on without complaints from the participating countries. Even the weather that was the main source of worry among FIFA officials and the football world in general has been adequately managed.
The Asian Cup, which will be taken home, to either Riyadh or Baghdad, by the winners of Sunday’s final. (Reuters)
The tournament has opened a new chapter in Asian football as a lot of new stars have emerged.
Japan’s Shinji Okazaki has collective and personal goals to pursue at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011. With his eyes firmly set on helping the Samurai Blue lift the trophy, the Shimizu S_Pulse striker is also hoping his performances on the international stage will attract interest from one of Europe’s big clubs.
From Korea Republic are two wonderkids in  Koo Ja_Cheol and Ji Dong_Won who have lived up to their billing as the tournament’s players to watch. They were instrumental to te quarter final victory over Iran. Twenty_year_old Yoon Bit_Garam scored the only goal of the match.  Matt McKay from Australia, Odil Ahmedov from Uzbekistan, Karim Ansari Fard from Iran among others are some of the stars that will lead the Asian course in Brazil 2014 World Cup.