*Pockets $100,000 from the FA
By Onochie Anibeze
Hassan Khalid Haydos of Al Sadd walked out of the prestigious Qatar National Convention in Doha $100,000 richer.
He had just been crowned the Player Of The Year and the crown was worth $100,000 courtesy of the Qatari Football Association whose members should be proud of their success during the 2014/2015 football season that ended at the weekend with a superb Emir Cup.
Khalid Haydos was instrumental to the success of his team, Al Sadd at the Emir Cup final on Saturday. He was also brilliant throughout the season and this earned him the title. In a spectacular Emir Cup final, they beat El Jaish 2-1 to win the most prestigious cup in Qatar. It was their 15th victory. They had to work hard to beat the team trained by former French international and one time Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi who has added his impetus to the team since arriving last December.
Luiz Guilherme Muriqui’s two strikes won Al Sadd the cup although Romarinho Da Silva pulled one back in the stoppage time. Muriqui scored in the 2nd and 76th minutes. Great celebration followed especially with the presence of H H Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani. The fireworks were a beauty.
“I couldn’t have done this without my teammates,” Haydos said while receiving the award. The award proper did not last more than one hour. But before it started there was a cocktail tradition which enabled guests to interact at the venue while being served sumptuous chops and drinks. The lighting and the aesthetics in the venue were a different attraction. The atmosphere thrilled with players, officials, football technocrats, invited members of the public and journalists exchanging banters amidst appetizing refreshments.
The awards proper did not take all the night. “It was like FIFA Awards. Our people should come and see how they organise awards without boring guests with speeches,” a guest from Ghana said. There were awards for the best coach, best young player, best fan club etc.
The Qatar Convention Centre is a piece of beauty and when Haydos, in a fitting traditional outfit, walked the stage to receive his award he was cheered on.
“First, I must thank God for this award,” he said of the day.
“Then, I must thank my teammates. Without them this would not have been possible. Hopefully, it is the beginning of many good things that will follow. I thank the organisers, I thank the fans and I thank everybody here.”
Ovation followed. President of the football association, Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Thani walked taller than his height, proud of the success of the awards that marked the end of an equally successful season.
Qatar are preparing for the 2022 World Cup and are assessing their organisational ability with every major sports event they hold. The Emir Cup was one and the FA ensured it was exciting.