By Abdellatif Sharaa
KUWAIT: Loulat Louseel team were crowned champion of Saad Al-Tamimi Ramadan Football Tournament after defeating Lemon Line 3-1 in the final on Saturday at Messila fields in Sabah Al-Salem. Bu-Saud Team ended in third place after defeating Al-Omar 2-0. Veteran football commentator Khalid Al-Harban and Saad Al-Tamimi handed the medals and prizes to the winners.
Loulat Louseel received gold medals and KD 5,000, Limon Line silver medals and KD 3,000 and Bu-Saud KD 1,000 and the bronze medals. Loulat Louseel’s Salem Al-Osaimi won the best goalkeeper prize. Best player was Saleh Haider and top goal scorer was Yahya Al-Agha with 8 goals, both from Loulat Louseel. The final match was followed by a match between Kuwait veteran players including Mohammad Karam, Hussein Al-Mkaimi, Wael Suleiman, Bader Haji, Faisal Burquba, Waleed Nassar, Abdelaziz Al-Hajiri, Shihab Kankouni, Nawaf Al-Khaldi, Waleed Ali, Hani Al-Saqer, Fahad Dabes, Jamal Mubarak, Mohammad Al-Adwani and Abdelrahman Al-Mousa, which ended in a 3-3 draw.
Tamimi thanked Advisor at the Amiri Diwan Sheikh Faisal Al-Malek Al-Sabah for attending the opening day. He also thanked the Kuwait national team’s former stars. “We used all capabilities in order to spend a beneficial and entertaining sporting time between friends, Kuwaitis and residents,” he said. He said we enjoyed the three days of the tournament with the presence of the guests and players and we will be keen on having the tournament every year.
He said that there will be a tournament for padel professionals and amateurs from Wednesday, wishing everybody success. Harban lauded the tournament, adding “the tournament gathered us with several sports personalities who gave a lot to their country during the best years of their lives”. Former player Karam was happy to participate in the veterans’ match. “We enjoyed a few minutes with many of Kuwait stars and it was a good initiative and this tournament restored the Ramadan atmosphere that we missed lately,” he said.
Hajiri hoped the tournament continues every year, adding the organization was good and the large number of participating teams indicate its importance for athletes. Best goalkeeper Osaimi said the match was very difficult, adding “our opponents deserved to be in the final match with outstanding players, including two Brazilian professionals”. He said the tournament was a success in all of its aspects and hoped to see it continue every year.