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Qatar lose to hosts Tunisia in Arab U-17 event

The inexperienced team suffer third straight defeat in the tournament, after reverses against Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
Qatars Under 17 Team Could Not Match Up To The Hosts Power Game
Qatar’s Under-17 team could not match up to the hosts’ power game. Photo: Arab Under-17 Championship Facebook

Qatari colts continued their hard education in the Arab Under-17 Handball Championship after crashing 24-31 against hosts Tunisia in Hammamet on Tuesday.

Although Qatar trailed by just a solitary goal at half-time (11-12), they were unable to maintain the pressure and quickly fell behind.

It was the country’s third straight loss in the competition, after setbacks against Saudi Arabia (25-30) and Morocco (24-26).

The Qatari players, taking part in the Arab tournament for the first time, are sure to make the most of the competition experience.

Qatar Lost To Hosts Tunisia, Suffering Their Third Reverse In A Row At The Arab Under 17 Championship
Qatar lost to hosts Tunisia, suffering their third reverse in a row at the Arab Under-17 Championship. Photo: Arab Under-17 Championship Facebook

The country’s Serbian coach Ivan Petkovic said he was proud of his boys.

“We always knew it would be a very hard game, especially as Tunisia enjoyed home advantage. It proved to be accurate, but my boys gave them a hard time in the first half,” he told Inside Qatar from Hammamet.

“Our inexperience was quite clear in the second half. The players tried their best, but the Tunisians were simply too strong. I’m confident my boys learnt a lot from the game against the African powerhouse team,” he added.

After a day’s break, Qatar will next face Kuwait on Thursday. The team will use the experience as preparation for the Asian Under-19 Championships in July next year.