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Time to lift Lebanese futsal declares Dib
Friday, 01 July 2011 02:41
futsalwireDoha: Futsal in Lebanon is on the rise and its popularity will no doubt be boosted by Al Sadaka's third-place finish at the 2011 AFC Futsal Club Championship but coach Hussein Dib knows that it is critical to develop the club game in the Middle East country in order to help build a strong national team.

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Doha: Futsal in Lebanon is on the rise and its popularity will no doubt be boosted by Al Sadaka's third-place finish at the 2011 AFC Futsal Club Championship but coach Hussein Dib knows that it is critical to develop the club game in the Middle East country in order to help build a strong national team.

Al Sadaka defeated hosts Al Rayyan 4-3 on penalties in the third-place playoff on Friday to cap an impressive performance in Doha, which included a victory over Uzbekistan's Ardus, a draw with GH Bank of Thailand and narrow, extra-time loss to Japanese powerhouse Nagoya Oceans in the semi-final.

And Dib insists the time is right to start advancing the club game in Lebanon in order for the national team to achieve similar success in the continental arena.

Speaking to www.the-afc.com prior to the third-place match, which finished 4-4 at the end of extra-time, Dib said: "The problem Lebanon facing is that its national team was formed before the evolution of club futsal.

But clubs are getting recognised now.

For example, more than 3,000 fans thronged the venue which hosted the best-of-five finals to decide the league champions.

It's a good number.

"Futsal players are quite popular in the country and it's up to everybody associated with the game to improve it.

We should be thinking of ways to take the game forward.

We've pretty decent facilities at ten different indoor halls so that part is taken care of.

"The main cause for concern is that our national team has a high average age of 29.

They'll all retire in a few years' time and I'm afraid that'll create a big vacuum." The 44-year-old, who led Al Sadaka to last season's Lebanese futsal league and cup double, defeating All Sports on both occasions, turned his attention to grassroots futsal in the country, speaking of the importance in getting youngsters involved in the game before adding that there must be a concerted effort from all involved in order to take futsal forward.

"It's the duty of clubs like Sadaka to feed the national team with young players and we're willing to do that.

"Children must start playing futsal at the age of eight or nine, but that's not happening in our country at the moment.

We don't have any age-group tournaments either.

That affects clubs' progress.

Still we're ranked in the top 10 in Asia and top 50 in the world, which is quite good.

"Events like the AFC Futsal Club Championship will do a lot of good to the game in West Asia.

"The second edition has been organised in a flawless manner.

The overall standard of the games and talent on display offer a lot of hope as well.

But it's equally important that the AFC comes up with various new ideas and projects to lift the game in countries like Lebanon, where the national League is just four years old.

"I feel the AFC should guide the administrators, who also should be made accountable with regular reviews.

If Iran can become fourth in the world, why can't other West Asian nations follow suit? Our national League isn't professional and we need the support of all to make it strong." ? More in AFC Futsal Club Championship 2011 'Club futsal is top priority' 02 July 2011AFC driving futsal forward says Targholizade 01 July 2011Keshavarz claims MVP award 01 July 2011Amarante: mission accomplished!" 01 July 2011Nagoya Oceans crowned champions 01 July 2011Dib delighted plan paid off 01 July 2011Al Sadaka 4-4 Al Rayyan.