Jeddah Eagles flying high with women’s football win

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Jeddah Eagles won the women’s football league after a tough fight. (Supplied)
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Jeddah Eagles won the women’s football league after a tough fight. (Supplied)
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Updated 11 December 2019

Jeddah Eagles flying high with women’s football win

  • Coach praises team’s fighting spirit after ‘historic victory’

JEDDAH: A relieved Jeddah Eagles team claimed victory in the Jeddah Women’s Football League with a final-match victory over arch-rivals Miraas.
The Eagles were one-point leaders on the league table going into the last match of the season on Friday and needed a win to ensure triumph in the league. 
Coach Bireen Sadagah, 31, said she is overwhelmed with her team’s victory. “I still can’t believe we actually won the league,” she told Arab News.
Jeddah Eagles claimed the title from rivals White Lion, Jeddah Wave, Miraas, Storm and Kings United in a two-month competition which began on Oct. 4.
“It’s such a beautiful thing to win it after such a long journey, especially since we started from scratch,” Sadagah said.
“The girls feel very proud of themselves because they have accomplished something all the other teams in Jeddah were aiming for.
“Jeddah Eagles made history by winning the league and I’m sure that all the girls in my team will support their nephews, cousins, nieces, friends and others to be better. By 2030, you’re going to find a very good generation of athletes in the Kingdom,” the coach added.
Eagles midfielder Farah Jefry, 16, said: “It was incredible. Everyone was fighting for the cup and we were up by only one point before the final match, so we had to win in order to win the cup. I’m really thankful for my team for working so hard this season.” 
The young footballer said she is thankful for Saudi Vision 2030 and the role being offered to women to make sports history. Under social reforms led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, women are beginning to enter many different fields, including sports.
“There has been a huge difference if you compare us now from five years ago. Women have a lot more opportunities,” Jefry said.
“The Jeddah Women’s League is an example and also the first national team. Women’s football is gaining popularity in the Kingdom,” she said.
“There are so many people asking how they can join our team, and so many teams are being established these days. Two years ago, there were about five teams and now there are around 10.”
Eighteen-year-old midfielder Layan Jouhari praised the team’s efforts.
“The past few months have been intense with training four times a week, and a lot of planning and commitment,” she said. “We had to go through tough losses and amazing victories, so to finally win the cup in the end, it’s indescribable,” she said.
Jouhari said she is happy with the support Saudi Vision 2030 has given to women in sports.
“I’m grateful that Saudi Arabia is taking all these steps to develop and change, and shed light on areas where women haven’t had a chance to shine before. It’s rewarding to be appreciated by the Kingdom, especially in the field of sports. We are getting a lot of support,” she said.

Saudi foreign minister meets German officials

Updated 22 February 2020

Saudi foreign minister meets German officials

BERLIN: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan, who is on an official visit to Berlin, on Saturday met Dr. Johann Wadephul, the deputy chairman of the ruling party's parliamentary bloc and the rapporteur on relations with the Middle East, Arab states of the Persian Gulf and Iran parliamentary committee, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Prince Faisal and Wadephul reviewed the existing partnership between the two countries and ways to promote them according to their mutual interests. 

The minister had a separate meeting with Nils Schmid, who is spokesman for the Social Democratic Party for foreign affairs in the German Bundestag.

They discussed ways to enhance the partnership between the Kingdom and Germany, reviewing regional and international developments in order to achieve their common goals in enhancing security and stability.

On Friday, Prince Faisal met Armin Laschet, who is the premier of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. They reviewed  prospects for joint cooperation, in addition to exchanging views on the latest regional and international developments.

The Saudi minister also met Prof. Dr. Volker Perthes, who is CEO of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Aspects of cooperation were discussed, as well as the importance of the roles of international security institutes in exploring the reality of security challenges and finding solutions to them.

Prince Faisal also met the president of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy, Ekkehard Brose. They reviewed aspects of cooperation and ways of consolidating political and security dialogue at regional and international levels.