Qadsia loses second match in a row, Arabi held to another draw in Kuwait league

By Abdellatif Sharaa

KUWAIT: The first match of the fourth round of Zain Football League was on Wednesday between Fahaheel and Salmiya. Both teams seemed determined to come out winners, but Fahaheel’s Brazilian Luiz Fernando were finally able to score the first goal of the match in the 21st minute. In the 32nd minute, Tunisian Youssef Ben Souda scored the second goal from the penalty spot. As the first half was nearing its end, Salmiya’s Aso Rostam scored and the first half ended 2-1.

Salmiya were determined to equalize in the second half and they had what the wished for in the 58th minute when Fahad Al-Mejmed scored. Both teams exchanged attacks, until the 71st minute when Youssef Ben Souda scored what proved to be the winning goal for Fahaheel.

On Thursday, Kazma met Nasr in a tensed match. Nasr’s Syrian player Omar Al-Maidani was sent off in the fourth minute of the match. Kazma were able to score in the 85th minute by Shabeeb Al-Khaldi who headed the ball past the goal keeper into the net. Kazma now top the standings with 10 points.

One of the surprises was Qadisiya’s loss to Jahra by 3-1 on Thursday. Jahra began the match began with attacks and it was not too long before Aboudo Diarra scored his first goal in the 9th minute. Jahra’s defense was highly effective and kept Qadisiya at bay all through the first half. In the second half, Jahra kept their determined pressure until Abdelaziz Merwi was able to score from a long range in the 61st minute. Qadisiya’s Nayef Zuwaeid scored their lone goal in extra time by in the 93th minute, but Aboudo Diarra ended Qadisiya’s hope as he scored in the 94th minute, handing Qadisiya their second loss in a row.

On Friday, Tadhamon met Al-Arabi in a competitive match. Tadhamon’s Yousuf Al-Enaizan scored in the 9th minute of the match. Then, Al-Arabi’s Nigerian player Edoh K scored the equalizer in the 23th minute. Al-Arabi now have three points with three draws and one loss. Meanwhile, Tadhamon now have four points. It was obvious from the start that Tadhamon were relying on solid defense and counter-attacks as they threatened Al-Arabi’s goal. Al-Arabi were attacking from the side lines – trying to score, but substitutions were not of any effect and Tadhamon came out with a point.

The final match of week 4 of the Zain Premier League was exciting as both Kuwait and Sahel resorted to attacking. The first chance was for Sahel’s Ahmad Al-Habsi who then passed it to Abdelmohsen Al-Ajmi who again shot at the goal but the goal keeper was able to block it. Kuwait then slowly began to gain control and in the 22nd minute, Yaseine Al-Khenissi scored the first goal. 13 minutes later, he scored his second goal. Mohammad Furaih then scored in the 42nd minute ending the first half (3-0) in favor of Kuwait.

Sahel tried hard in the second half to catch up but were not able to finish their efforts successfully until the 64th minute when Geovane Maranhao scored Sahel’s first goal. In the 88th minute, Geovane scored Sahel’s second goal, as the match ended 3-2.


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