Qatari offers camel to goal scorer

March 5, 2012

A Qatari has offered a naqa (female camel) to national football player Mohammad Kasola for scoring a late goal that earned Qatar a 2-2 draw which ensured the team qualified for the next round of Asian Qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

Hadi Al Jadhna said the unusual gift was in appreciation of the important goal scored by the 26-year-old Ghana-born defender with three minutes of the match with Iran remaining. The goal earned his side the point they needed to qualify ahead of Bahrain.

Bahrain, playing at the same time, needed to beat Indonesia by an eight-goal margin to qualify, provided that Qatar lost to Iran.

Bahrain won 10-0 against an Indonesia side that played most of the match with 10 men following the second minute sending-off of their goalkeeper.

The unusual score on Wednesday evening — the worst for Indonesia since being trounced 7-0 by Syria in 2007 — prompted Fifa, the football world’s governing body, to launch a routine probe into the match.

“Fifa security will conduct a routine examination of this game and its result … in the interests of maintaining unequivocal confidence in our game,” Fifa said.



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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