Friday, May 7, 2021 – 6:37 PM
ABU DHABI, May 7, 2019 (WAM) – With the approaching deadline for the President of the State’s Football Cup, scheduled for May 16 at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, the former Al-Wahda leader and leader, Abdul Salam Jumaa, recovers the memories and joy of the first title that Al Wahda Club won In 2000, pointing out that the joy was overwhelming at the time and unnatural because it was the first cup that Al-Wehda won.
Abdul Salam Jumaa says: The joy was exceptional and irreplaceable, because winning the most expensive cup came after winning the league in the previous season, as it was against an ancient team, Al Wasl, and the beauty in that final was that it was a volatile final and we played with 10 players, so the joy was overwhelming.
As for his brother Abdul Rahim Jumaa, the star of Al-Wehda and Al-Jazira and the current director of Al-Dhafra, he remembers the President’s Cup championship, which Al-Wehda won in 2000, saying that the final match was very stressful after the team faced many difficulties by playing with ten players and extending the match for extra time and then penalties.
Abdul Rahim added: The public presence on that day does not leave my memory, as it was for the first time in the history of Al-Wehda club that an audience of this size attended, and since that match, Al-Wehda fans began to increase, and after winning the Cup, the name of Al-Wehda club began to get more bright, and it became a tournament club that always competes for Titles.
He said: In the final match against Al Wasl, we went through strange circumstances after we played with ten players for 60 minutes as a result of the expulsion of our defender Ismail Rashid, and Al Wasl advanced with a goal through Al Dawoudi, but with determination and persistence Conte scored the equalizer and we resisted, until the match reached the penalty shootout, which we lined up in. Good luck, and one of the most memorable moments that I do not forget when Conte missed the penalty kick and I felt that the cup was lost, but we spoke to some and we said to whom to pay you focus on one corner and indeed we managed to win.
WAM / Amin Al-Dubli / Mustafa Badr Al-Din