x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Captain Khater sure UAE can go all the way

Subait Khater sees no reason why the national team's undefeated run through the Gulf Cup cannot continue tomorrow in Yemen in their semi-final against Saudi Arabia.

Subait Khater sees no reason why the national team's undefeated run through the Gulf Cup cannot continue tomorrow in Yemen in their semi-final against Saudi Arabia.

"Every player has contributed immensely to the success we have had so far," said the midfielder and team captain. "We had to travel without several key players and those who got the opportunity to wear the national team shirt played with more passion and with deep commitment.

"It is a remarkable achievement so far but we are not done yet. We will go all out to reach the final, and with the confidence we have had so far, it is possible to beat any opposition in this competition.

"When we were preparing for the Gulf Cup, we understood that we had to give more than 100 per cent to go beyond the group phase."

Khater scored the first goal and assisted for the second as the UAE defeated Bahrain 3-1 on Monday and finished on top Group B, ahead of the defending Asian Cup champions Iraq on goal difference.

The UAE earlier played scoreless draws with Iraq and Oman, the defending Gulf Cup champions.

Saudi Arabia, the three-time winners of the regional championship, opened with a 4-0 drubbing of Yemen but were held by Kuwait (0-0) and Qatar (1-1).

Kuwait won Group A on seven points and meet Iraq in the first semi-final tomorrow.

The UAE have won the Gulf Cup only once, in 2007.

apassela@thenational.ae

Semi-finals

Tomorrow
Kuwait v Iraq, 5pm?UAE v Saudi Arabia, 9pm

Both matches live on Abu Dhabi Sports 1 and Dubai Sports 1