Manama: Al Ahed FC head coach Bassem Marmar praised his side's commitment in the 2-1 win against Bahrain’s Al Hidd Club on Thursday, a result which took the Lebanese side into the 2021 AFC Cup West Zonal semi-finals.
The 2019 AFC Cup champions were on the verge of bowing out at the group stage but Nour Mansour's late winner sealed them top spot in Group A.
Top spot meant Al Ahed will face Bahrain's Muharraq Club in the West Zonal semi-finals while Jordan's Al Salt will play Kuwait SC.
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“The commitment and discipline of the players was the key behind our victory against Al Hidd,” Marmar said after the match.
“We were confident that we would win today because the players went into the match with great determination and seriousness, which were both reflected on the pitch."
“Al Hidd had a good match and I wish them the best for the future,” said Marmar. “We had a goal which was disallowed but at the end of the day we deserved this win.
“I want to thank my technical staff and the players who showed a great image to the whole world that we can still excel in sports regardless of all the problems that we have in our country.”
Al Hidd Club head coach Salman Sharida rued his side's exit, saying the Bahraini team said were denied by bad luck.
“It is a shame that we didn’t qualify as we were close to advancing to the next stage after having a good performance in all our matches,” said Salman.
“Congratulations to Al Ahed who are a big team and I wish all the best to the qualified teams in their remaining matches in the competition.”
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