SHAIKH Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, chairman of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and president of Bahrain Olympic Committee last night hailed the success of Nasser bin Hamad Tournament - Nasser 11 which concluded on Thursday night at Khalifa Sports City stadium.
Shaikh Nasser said Nasser 11 took a ‘global shape’ with the attendance of Real Madrid’s star striker Karim Benzema, who flew into Bahrain specially to attend the final.
Shaikh Nasser stressed the importance of the presence of the French superstar.
“We express our great appreciation to the French star Benzema for attending the final. His presence had a positive impact on the tournament. His fans in Bahrain got a chance to meet the star striker who has had a glittering career so far, the most recent achievement the lifting of the Champions League title for the third year in a row with Real Madrid,” said Shaikh Nasser.
Benzema scored Real’s first goal before Gareth Bail struck twice in brilliant fashion as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in Kiev, Ukraine last Saturday.
“The Nasser 11 final was an exceptional event, thanks to the enormous number of spectators who attended it and got a chance to meet Benzema who is loved by Bahraini youth in general, and Real Madrid fans in particular,” said Shaikh Nasser.
“I extend my sincere congratulations to Tumooh for deservedly winning the Nasser 11 title beating Batelco Gunners United 5-3 (extra-time) in the final.”
Shaikh Nasser thanked all the sponsors for their support.
“We didn’t expect to lose 5-3. Injury to key players may be one of the reasons for the defeat,” said Batelco’s assistant manager Adel Al Marzouqi.
Tumooh coach Ahmed Isa said he was confident of winning the final as his team was improving with every match.
“We could have scored more goals against Batelco. But we are very happy with winning the tournament,” he said.