Dakar, November 25 (APS) – Qatar, host country of the 2022 World Cup, will host a pan-Arab tournament on December 1, 2021, according to a statement from the Qatar 2022 Organizing Committee.
This match “will serve to unite the Arab world and the Middle East and will also be a test bed” for the first major sporting event to be held in this region of the world, according to the same source.
This tournament, called the FIFA Arab Cup, will take place from December 1, 1821, the FIFA president confirmed during a visit to the Lusail Stadium in Doha last Tuesday, specifying that 22 A competitors from Arab countries will take part in the match planned at the stadiums for the World Cup 2022.
These countries that will come from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the African Football Confederation will play 32 matches in 18 days, said the same source, emphasizing that on the AFC side, we will have Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan , Qatar, Syria and Yemen.
CAF will represent Algeria, the Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia.
The tournament, hosted by FIFA, the Qatari Football Federation and the Qatar Organizing Committee 2022, will be a full-scale test before the 2022 World Cup final.
“The matches will be held at the stadiums planned for the World Cup, and the final of the tournament will be played on the same day (December 18) as the World Cup on December 18, the date of Qatar National Day, a national holiday,” the statement said.
“We are happy that all 22 expected teams will take part in this tournament and we expect the best to see who will be the champion,” the FIFA president said in a statement.
Through football, “this tournament will unite about 450 million people in this region”, according to the organizers who say they are “confident in the fervor that this tournament will have in this area not far from the first World Cup.” in the Middle East and the Arab world. “
For the President of the Qatari Football Federation, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, this pan-Arab tournament will be the occasion of the last major test in the perspective of the World Cup.
“We also offer the opportunity for these 22 countries to get an idea of what Qatar has committed to qualifying for the next World Cup,” the KFA president said in a statement.
“We greet the supporters of the 22 Arab nations and promise them to live this experience, which will be the same as they planned for the World Cup fans,” he added.
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