The showing of the UAE football team  at the Olympic Games  should be commended. The players displayed excellent performance regardless of the fact that they lost the first two group matches, the "Gulf News " commented.
The paper said in its today's editorial: "This is the first time that the UAE team are participating in football at the Olympic Games. This is a new experience and so the manner in which the team played can only be appreciated and encouraged. Moreover, the UAE side comprises young players who played against internationally renowned and experienced rivals. The team handled this challenging exposure showing high standards of professionalism." The UAE team have shown tremendous potential and capabilities to reach greater heights with their talented and enthusiastic crop of players. No doubt the team have a bright future and with time, training and nurture, this team will carry the country s name with pride. The performance of the football team over the past few days has indeed been encouraging and there is much to be expected from them in the future.