Houston Texas.- This summer, Qatar will become the second country in the Asian Soccer Confederation to participate in the Concacaf Gold Cup, and as the defending champion of the Asian Cup he brings a competitive roster that seeks to show off before hosting the FIFA World Cup of the next year.
The other Asian country that participated in the Gold Cup was South Korea (2000 and 2002) while preparing to host the world Cup which he organized and in which he reached the quarterfinals, which is still the best result of an Asian nation, something that Qatar has the ambition to equal or exceed.
One of the key players who hopes to lead Qatar to a successful participation in the gold Cup is the forward Akram Afif, He has 19 goals in 64 appearances.
The 24-year-old Doha native has already scored in the finals of the AFC U19 Championship in 2014 and in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and his country took first place in both competitions.
In addition to his goal in the Asian Cup final, Afif contributed a tournament record of 10 assists. He was later named 2019 AFC Player of the Year.
At the club level, Afif has helped the Al Sadd SC to win two league titles in 2018-19 and 2020-21. He finished as the top scorer in the Qatar Stars League in 2019-20 and provided the most assists in the league in the 2018-19, 2019-20 seasons, in which he was also named Player of the Year.
As he enters the prime years of his career, Afif will be a player to watch for Qatar in the Gold Cup, especially since they will not have it easy with Honduras, Panama and Granada as their rivals in Group D.
This article came from the official Gold Cup site.