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Kuwait City: Coach Mohammad Ibrahim was left to rue the absence of leading scorer Bader Al Motawaa after Al Qadsia lost Saturday’s AFC Cup final 2-0 to Kuwait Sports Club.

AFC Cup MVP Al Motawaa scored nine goals to propel Al Qadsia to the final at Peace & Friendship Stadium, but was sidelined due to a foot injury picked up on national team duty with Kuwait.

And despite Al Qadsia keeping the visitors’ forward line quiet in the first half, Brazilian Rogerinho and Tunisian striker Issam Jemaa scored after the break as defending champions Kuwait SC won the title for a third time in five years.

“We were affected by the absence of Bader Al Mutawaa who is an important player as he creates and score goals,” said Ibrahim.

“We will try to find a replacement for him in the next period and we hope he’ll be able to recover as we need his services.”

Al Qadsia are currently four points behind defending champions Kuwait SC at the top of the Premier League table.

That was not evident in the first half as Al Qadsia edged a cagey opening 45 minutes with striker Omar Al Suma heading against the post after 17 minutes.

But in the second half, Brazilian Rogerinho scored seven minutes after the restart before setting up Jemaa to net his 16th goal of the campaign just after the hour mark as Kuwait SC became the first side to win the competition three times.

“I want to congratulate Kuwait and also Al Qadsia for their performance tonight and at the end of the day there are no losers because the title will remain in Kuwait after two teams reached the final of the competition,” added Ibrahim.

“We were not bad during the match and we were the better side overall, but Kuwait knew how to strike and score goals while we failed to transform our superiority in the first half and take the lead.

“In the first third of the second period, we lost balance and there were some gaps which gave the chance to Kuwait to score and in football it doesn’t matter if you control the match. it’s important if you score.”

 

 

 

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