- Mohamed Aboutrika is one among Africa’s finest-ever gamers
- He is an envoy for Qatar 2022’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
- The Egypt legend believes the event will wow the world
Mohamed Aboutrika – extensively recognised as one among Africa’s biggest-ever gamers – has hailed the importance of the primary FIFA World Cup™ to be held within the Middle East and Arab world.
Speaking solely to qatar2022.qa from Al Rayyan Venue – which will be inaugurated on 18 December when it hosts the Amir Cup ultimate – Aboutrika stated: “Hosting the primary World Cup on this a part of the world supplies a a lot-wanted alternative to vary lots of the destructive perceptions that folks have about this area.
“Having the World Cup here in Qatar will prove to the world that we are able to organise a mega sporting event to the highest standards – and in a way that reaffirms a commitment to innovation, while continuing to be inspired by the region’s rich traditions.”
Aboutrika, who helps Qatar 2022 as an envoy for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, additionally heaped reward on Al Rayyan Venue – which will turn into the fourth World Cup stadium to open later this month. The 40,000-capability venue was constructed on the location of the deconstructed Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium and will turn into the brand new dwelling of well-liked native group Al Rayyan Sports Club.
“As soon as you enter this stadium, you feel welcomed by the intimate atmosphere created by the seats being so close to the pitch,” stated Aboutrika. “It is yet another architectural masterpiece which will welcome everyone in 2022.”
Aboutrika, who gained the CAF Champions League on 5 events with Al Ahly, added: “With under two years to go, Qatar is well on its way in terms of being ready to provide the stadiums, infrastructure and expertise required to host a tournament that will amaze everyone.”
Aboutrika additionally mentioned the compact nature of Qatar’s event. The furthest distance between stadiums will be simply 75km, that means Qatar will host essentially the most compact version of the FIFA World Cup in fashionable historical past.
“The compact nature will provide a huge boost to teams, because it will save them from the exhaustion of air travel between venues, leaving more time for a quick recovery,” stated Aboutrika. “Also, as a participant, I can inform you that staying in a single lodging all through the period of a significant event supplies you with a lot wanted stability and focus.”
Meanwhile, from a fan’s perspective, they will by no means be removed from the motion in 2022. Accommodation, stadiums, fan zones and vacationer points of interest will all be shut by and related by a complete transportation community, together with the just lately launched Doha Metro. Fans will even have the prospect to attend a couple of match per day through the early levels of the event.
Aboutrika stated: “Getting around so easily and having the ability to attend more than match a day will create a unique experience for everyone that will be attending the tournament from around the world.”
Despite Aboutrika’s excellent profession, together with 38 targets in 100 matches for The Pharaohs, he by no means obtained the chance to symbolize his nation on the World Cup. However, Egypt did qualify for Russia 2018 and will have excessive hopes of taking their place in Qatar for the twenty second version of the event.
“For Egypt, qualifying again for the World Cup remains a dream for millions of our fans,” he said. “Having played in Russia 2018, we continue to have an excellent team, which under the leadership of the manager, Hossam El Badry, has a great chance of making an appearance at the world stage in two years’ time. I wish them the best of luck and I’ll be waiting for them to make an appearance in Qatar 2022.”