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Kuwaitis keen on continental club competition
Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:00
futsalwire  Kuwait City: Kuwait FA General Secretary Saho Al Shammari revealed that the desire of Kuwaiti football clubs to test themselves on the continental stage was one of the key reasons the Gulf nation was keen to host the 2012 AFC Futsal Club Championship.

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Kuwait City: Kuwait FA General Secretary Saho Al Shammari revealed that the desire of Kuwaiti football clubs to test themselves on the continental stage was one of the key reasons the Gulf nation was keen to host the 2012 AFC Futsal Club Championship.

Speaking to www.the-afc.com following Thursday's draw for the eight-team competition, which kicks-off on July 1, Al Shammari said: "First of all, many Kuwait futsal club teams wanted to play in the AFC Futsal Club Championship which was why we worked hard to make sure we met the AFC hosting criteria.

"We were given the opportunity to host this year and, with the AFC's guidance, the preparations for the tournament are going smoothly and I am sure it will be a very successful event for the AFC and the Kuwait FA." Yarmouk SC earned the right to be host club after winning the 2011 Kuwait Futsal League and both Al Shammari (pictured) and AFC Director of Futsal Ali Targholizade are confident the Mishref-based side will represent Kuwaiti futsal admirably.

"Our representative Yarmouk SC is a very strong team.

They not only have good Kuwait futsal national team players but also good players from overseas too," said the KFA General Secretary.

Echoing Al Shammari's comments Targholizade remarked: "I know Yarmouk well and they are very strong side.

Since they are the host, they have home advantage and this could give them a chance to get good results." "I hope that they perform well and entertain their home fans during the tournament." Yarmouk open their campaign on July 1 when they face last year's semi-finalists Al Rayyan in their first match in a tough-looking Group A that also sees the Kuwaiti champions face their Vietnamese counterparts Thai Son Nam and Sanye Giti Pasand, who are looking to become the third consecutive Iranian club to reach the final following last year's runners-up Shahid and inaugural champions Foolad Mahan