Bahrain head coach Helio Sousa was in a jubilant mood last night following Bahrain’s historic Gulf Cup victory. At his post-match Press conference, the Portuguese tactician was rushed by his players, who began chanting his name in unison as they celebrated their achievement.
“It is a great day in the history of Bahraini football that deserves to be celebrated,” Sousa said after his players cleared the conference hall. “This day is the culmination of the tremendous work we started, to create a team that can compete for titles.
“We have fighters in every match. It is a unique moment that we must be proud of.”
Bahrain’s Gulf Cup triumph was already Sousa’s second trophy in just five months with the squad. It adds to the title they won in mid-August of this year in the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship held in Iraq.
“So far, we have won two championships – the WAFF and now the 24th Gulf Cup; I came here from Portugal to take on such challenges,” he said. “We work to compete for championships.
“We played against some of the most prominent teams in the continent, and we achieved two important titles. I think everyone is a believer in this team and the players who made history.”
Sousa added: “I congratulate the Bahraini people on this achievement; congratulate our players on this heroic performance, and our goal is to continue to achieve good results and to make our way in the double qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023.”