Mohammed Al-Saiari calls on fans to back Green Falcons in quest for Asian Cup glory

Green Falcons striker Mohammed Al-Saiari has called on the Saudi fans to get behind their team as they bid to win a fourth Asian Cup title and their first since 1996. (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2019

Mohammed Al-Saiari calls on fans to back Green Falcons in quest for Asian Cup glory

  • audi Arabia’s national team are in Abu Dhabi to continue their preparations for the 2019 Asian Cup
  • Green Falcons striker Mohammed Al-Saiari has called on the Saudi fans to get behind their team

ABU DHABI: Saudi Arabia’s national team are in Abu Dhabi to continue their preparations for the 2019 Asian Cup which kicks off on Jan. 5, where they will be facing Asian giants South Korea in their final international friendly of the year on Monday at Bani Yas Stadium.
And Green Falcons striker Mohammed Al-Saiari has called on the Saudi fans to get behind their team as they bid to win a fourth Asian Cup title and their first since 1996.
"The Saudi public does not need to be told to support the players, we know we have their backing now and will do during the tournament," Al-Saiari said, speaking to the Saudi Football Federation website.
"I am very happy to represent the national team, I will hold on to this opportunity, especially when it comes at an Asian Cup, and not just for friendly matches.
"Such competitions give players the opportunity to show off their skills, and I hope we will have a good tournament as players and as a team.”
Al-Saiari praised the strength of the Kingdom’s domestic league this season, saying: “The emergence of a good level in the local championship gives us the motivation for further development during the coming period with the national team.”
He also pointed out that the South Korea friendly match will be the best preparation for the tournament.
“We are in the tournament to go there and compete for the title, and I hope we have the support of everyone," he added.


Al-Hilal players to arrive in Tokyo on Sunday for AFC Champions League final second leg

Updated 16 November 2019

Al-Hilal players to arrive in Tokyo on Sunday for AFC Champions League final second leg

  • Al-Hilal’s director of football Saud Kariri said that anything is possible
  • Blues captain Mohammad Al-Shalhoub said the players were unfortunate not to be further ahead

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal will arrive in the Japanese capital Tokyo on Sunday Nov. 17 to prepare for their AFC Champions League final second leg against Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds at Saitama Stadium.
Al-Hilal enter the second leg under less pressure than their Japanese counterpart, having secured a narrow 1-0 win in the first leg in Riyadh last Sunday.
Al-Hilal players remain optimistic about the final, according to sources, and are looking to avenge losses in 2014 and 2017 finals, when they lost 1-0 in Australia and went down to next week’s opponents Urawa.
Blues captain Mohammad Al-Shalhoub said the players were unfortunate not to be further ahead after the game in Riyadh after wasting many opportunities and coming out with one goal, stressing that they are required to concentrate more in Saitama.
“We will be well-prepared to play against Urawa in the second leg through the camp we will set up in Japan to win the final,” he said.
Al-Hilal’s director of football Saud Kariri said that anything is possible during the 90-minute game at the Saitama Stadium, adding: “We hope our players are lucky to invest well in the opportunities and make it difficult for our opponent to score an early goal.”
The 2019 AFC Champions League Final at Saitama Stadium is expected to see a huge crowd, especially after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced four airplanes will transport Al-Hilal’s fans to support the players in Japan.