Saudi coach Saad Al-Shehri said that he was not sad about the loss against Oman as much as he left the city of Basra, describing it as a wonderful experience with the Iraqi people. He said: “I felt like I was in my home country.”
The residents of the city of Basra, along with the supporters of the Saudi Green and the Omani Red, attended the Olympic Port Stadium, which hosted the Saudi Arabia and Oman match, despite the fact that the Iraqi national team was playing in the Basra International Stadium with Yemen, in an effort to make the tournament a success.
In an interview with the media, Iraqi fans described the victory of the “Lions of Mesopotamia” in the championship as not as important as the success that is currently being achieved through the successful organization of it and the course of the matches in a distinguished way, raising the slogan of “everyone is a winner” and that the most important thing is the success of “Gulf 25” and that the guests of Basra keep unforgettable memories. The organizing committee revealed that the first-place winner will receive a cash prize of one million dollars, while the second-place winner will receive $750,000.
Video tapes spread on social media showed the extent of the great joy that prevailed among the Iraqi public after the great victory of the Iraqi team over Yemen by five, and its qualification for the semi-final round in the Gulf Cup, as well as the great joy of the success of the tournament that is being held in the city of Basra.
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