Yasser Al Qahtani – Icing On The Cake
After joining Al Hilal, he led the team to the 2006 Saudi Crown Prince Cup title and continued his impressive displays with rhe national team by leading Saudi Arabia to their fourth appearance in the World Cup finals. In Germany, Al Qahtani featured in two of Saudi Arabia’s three matches and netted his side’s equaliser in their first match against Tunisia.
Al Qahtani capped an impressive 2007 by winning the AFC Player of the Year award at the AFC Awards nigjit in Sydney in November, which rhe 25-year-old striker considers the best honour in his career so far. “Thank God I won this title and I will never forget this moment because it is a big achievement especially as it was based on certain rules. This title is the least that I can give ro Their Royal Highnesses Prince Sultan bin Fahad, Prince Nawaf bin Faisal and Prince Mohammed bin Faisal (Al Hilal president). I would also like to thank both my team-mates at Al Hilal and in the national team for their support.”
At Al Hilal, Al Qahtani helped the team to finish as runners-up in the league behind champions Al Ittihad and led them to the knockout stage of the 2007 AFC Champions League. In the summer, he led Saudi Arabia to the final of the 2007 Asian Cup where he was the tournament’s joint-top scorer with four goals.
After winning the AFC Player of the Year award, Al Qahrani turned his attention to becoming the first Saudi player to play in Europe since Sami Al Jaber’s short stint with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2000.
Al Qahtani recently had a trial with Premier League side Manchester City and he will be hoping to continue his success by joining the club soon. Will “The Sniper” strike in England, too?