Known as the Lekhwiya Stadium, the newly-built Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, which is the home base of Lekhwiya, will host the Sheikh Jassim Cup between the winners of the Qatar Stars League (QSL) – Lekhwiya and the winners of the Emir Cup – Al Sadd.
The match will be played on 13 August 2014 at 7 pm, Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced on Saturday.
Sheikh Jassim Cup is the season-opening football tournament in Qatar. The Cup was first held in 1977 and have been a regular feature on the Qatar football calendar every season. Al Sadd have won the Sheikh Jassim Cup event 12 times while Al Arabi have emerged champions on six occasions. Qatar SC, Al Wakrah and Al Rayyan have won the event four times each.
On 11 August 2014, QFA officials will meet counterparts from QSL to hammer out the final arrangements for the game on 13 August 2014. The pre-final press conference involving coaches and the players from each side will take place on 12 August 2014 at Al Bidda Tower, the home of football in Doha.
QFA announced that it will donate the Sheikh Jassim Cup revenue to victims of Gaza.
Acting COO of QFA, Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, said:
As part of our social responsibility, we will be cooperating with our partner, ROTA, where it will be in charge of all the necessary procedures that ensure the revenue of the match is sent to the victims of the Gaza Strip.’
‘Our support to Gaza’s victims that have faced violence at the hands of the Israeli occupation for over a period of one month is of utmost importance for QFA and this is the least we can do to support these unaided civilians. It’s a great opportunity for the fans to attend the match to contribute to this charitable and humanitarian cause and support the innocent Palestinian people. We are all in solidarity with the Palestinian people and are eager to make a difference in their lives through this considerable donation.’
QFA and ROTA signed an MoU earlier this year in which ROTA and QFA work together on joint initiatives and activities that aim to support social, educational, and sport fields to develop the unprivileged communities in Qatar and in Asia.