Qatar finish fifth in Arab Under-17 Championship
Petkovic's wards outplay Jordan to end on a high; Tunisia claim crown with fighting win over Kuwait.
Qatar defeated Jordan for the second time in three days to finish fifth in the Arab Under-17 Championship in Hammamet, Tunisia, on Sunday.
The side, taking part in the competition for the first time, proved to be unstoppable, emerging 28-11 winners. They led 14-7 at half-time.
Meanwhile, hosts Tunisia emerged champions after beating Kuwait 32-27 in the title fight. Morocco finished third, overcoming Saudi Arabia 33-26.
On Friday, Qatar had beaten the Jordanians 35-20 in their last round-robin match. It was also their first win in the tournament, after losses to Saudi Arabia (25-30), Morocco (24-26), Tunisia (24-31) and Kuwait (25-28).
Qatar’s Serbian coach Ivan Petkovic said he was pleased with the team’s performance.
“I congratulate my players for finishing the tournament with a flourish. They had an extremely good approach to the game. We played very well in our defence and never once let go,” he told Inside Qatar, from Hammamet.
“This tournament gave us a clear idea about where we stand in relation to other teams. But the most important thing for me was that the team kept improving itself every passing day. It was very satisfying to watch,” he added.
The team will next take part in the Asian Under-19 Championship in July, 2020.