Record Prize Money for 21st Gulf Cup
By staff - Fri Jan 27, 6:42 am
The heads of the GCC football associations, while fixing the dates of the 21st Gulf Cup, have decided to enhance the prize-money for top four teams while agreeing to introduce the third-place play-off in the championship.
A decision to this effect was taken during a special conference of the heads of the GCC football associations in Bahrain.
The conference was chaired by Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports and head of the Bahrain Football Assocaition, chief of the Championship Executive Committee.
It was attended by the Oman Football Association (OFA) Chairman Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy and other GCC soccer body chiefs as well as their Iraqi and Yemeni counterparts. The officials agreed to the OFA’s proposal to increase the cash prizes and give the prizes to top four teams of the Gulf Cup.
Starting from 21st Gulf Cup the winners will get 2.5 million Saudi rials and the runners-up will get 1.5 million. The third and fourth place winners will get 500,000 and 250,000 respectively.
The members also accepted and decided to follow up
another proposal from the OFA, to seek direct qualification for the Gulf Cup winners and runners-up into the Asian Cup.
In this regard the heads of GCC, Iraq and Yemen football associations decided to set up a committee comprising members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee.
The panel comprises OFA chief Sayyid Khalid al Busiady, steering committee chairman of the UAE FA Yousif al Sirkal and Bahrain FA Tehnical Affairs Chairman Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa al Khalifa.
This committee is now entrusted with the task of taking up with the issue with the Asian soccer body.
However, the most important decision taken during
the meeting was to approve
the schedule of the 21st
Gulf Cup to be hosted by Bahrain.
On Friday, the secretaries-general of the associations decided to the dates as January 5-18 and yesterday the chairmen of the associations approved the schedule.