Qatar Asian champions for the first time

On 1 February 2019, the Qatari national football team achieved the greatest success in its history. In Abu Dhabi, Qatar won the Asian Cup final against Japan 3-1, winning the continental title for the first time.

Seven players who have already played for KAS Eupen and were prepared for their international appearances in Eupen were part of the squad of the winning Qatar team: Akram Afif, Abdulkarim Hassan, Assim Madibo, Salem Al Hajri, Bassam Al Rawi, Mohammed Al Bakri and Youssef Hassan. Akram Afif made it to the final in Abu Dhabi with an 83rd minute penalty against tournament favourites Japan.

Qatar have scored an impressive series of 7 consecutive wins at the Asian Championship in the United Arab Emirates, with 19 goals scored and only one goal to concede.

KAS Eupen congratulate Qatar on their great performance and wish national coach Félix Sánchez’s team continued success in preparing for the 2022 World Cup at home.