The Al Janoub Stadium ( earlier known as Al Wakrah Stadium) , the first purpose-built stadium for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, was unveiled on Thursday with the staging of the prestigious Amir Cup final between Al Duhail and Al Sadd.
The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani crowned Al Duhail Club, winners of the Amir Cup, after they defeated Al Sadd 4-1 in the final.
The Amir honored the players of Al Duhail Sports Club with the trophy and presented them with gold medals. The Amir presented silver medals to Al Sadd players.
The match was attended by HE Sheikh Abdul-Aziz bin Khalifa al Thani; HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani, Personal Representative of the Amir; HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al Thani; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Thani; HE Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa al Thani; Shura Council Speaker HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al Mahmoud and a number of sheikhs and ministers.
The match was also attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and World Economic Forum President Borge Brende.
Before the start of the match, lights were switched off in the 40,000-capacity Zaha Hadid-designed stadium for the pre-match show as performers assembled around a giant illuminated inflatable pearl on the centre of the manicured pitch. A video describing Qatar’s history as a pearling nation played on the stadium’s two giant-size screens. The pearl transformed into a representation of the Amir Cup trophy before a 150-strong marching band serenaded the stadium.Amir crowns Amir Cup winners Al Duhail.
By Ikoli Victor
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