Thursday, May 21, 2015


Al Nassar's Late Goal Not Enough For Kuwait U23

Kuwait missed out on reaching the AFC Under 23 Championships after being held 3-3 by Jordan in the final group stage game played in Al Ain, UAE.

After a goalless first half Jordan took the lead through Baha' Faisal on 58 minutes, the first goal the Kuwaitis had conceded in the competition. Kuwait hit back almost immediately with a five minute brace from striker Faisal Alazemi to go with the pair he had netted against Pakistan in their previous game.

Jordan hit back though with Baha' Faisal completeing his hat trick with five minutes remaining but credit to Kuwait they hung on in there with Al Nassar equalising deep in injury time.

Coach Wilhelmus Leushuis will take some consolation from his young side's determination and attitude in salvaging a point. The Dutchman had said ahead of the competition his squad had been badly depleted by injuries and players taking exams (!) but may well look back on the 0-0 draw against Kyrgyzstan as the game when their fate was decided.

Still, four goals in his three games for Alazemi bodes well for the future and he may well be one to watch next season in the Kuwait Premier League...if I ever get to find out who he plays for !

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