Kuwait Emir offers $3.5m to national team

December 7, 2010

Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on Monday gave the national football team players one million Kuwaiti dinars ($3,533,190) after they won the Gulf Cup in Yemen.

The gift is the highest in a series of big financial rewards that have poured in following Kuwait’s victory in the Gulf tournament hosted by Yemen on November 22 – December 5.

The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Iraq and host Yemen competed for the cup that Kuwait won after beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in one of the most exciting matches of the biennial tournament.

Kuwait parliament Speaker Jassem Al Khorafi offered $500,000 to the team, and several lawmakers, businessmen and princes gave large sums to thank the players for winning the cup for a record tenth time since the championship was launched in Bahrain. Kuwait has won half of the 20 tournaments.

Kuwaitis have welcomed the victory and the big money rewards as a “great move” to reinforce the social cohesion of the country following a series of ominous sectarian and social developments often fuelled by partisan media and forums that necessitated a strong intervention from the state.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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