21db9dc749868210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2009-Q3Saudis cling to crown11db9dc749868210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____Saudis cling to crownThe holders subdue a spirited challenge from Qatar to clinch their third consecutive GCC men's team title at Al Nasr Club.<p>DUBAI // The Saudi Arabia subdued a spirited challenge from Qatar to clinch their third consecutive GCC men's team title at Al Nasr Club yesterday.
Abdulaziz al Abbar won both his matches and Khalid al Harbi prevailed in the tense final game to give the Saudis a 3-2 win and their fourth regional title overall.
The Saudis were unbeaten and their delighted coach Bandar al Amiri said: "I think we deserve this title. We have done well all through the tournament.</p>
<p>"We have been working hard for more than three months now and have made many sacrifices. Of course, it was God's will as well.
"We played against a very young and strong team, and they could have been the new champions.
"Our plan was the finish the game 3-1, but our player [Naif al Jadaei] lost his focus in the third game and they were able to take the lead."
Al Abbar was the key player for the winners, taking them off the blocks with a straight games win over Fahad al Mughaini. Waleed Nasser levelled the scores with a battling four-game win over al Harbi.</p>
<p>Ahmed Khalil prevailed over Jadaei in a thriller that went the distance to give Qatar the lead.
Al Abbar, however, returned to down Nasser and force the game into the deciding fifth match, where al Harbi kept a cool head to down al Mughaini, 17, in straight games.
"We had a big chance," said Qatar's Russian coach Mazunov Dmitry.
"We were leading 2-1 and had to win just one of the remaining two games.</p>
<p>"But the Saudis are a very strong team and all their three players have a lot of quality.
"Still, I have a lot of respect for my team. We gave it our everything and took the tie to the final game," Dmitry said.
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