Paul Pogba shares spiritual trip to Makkah on social media

France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba is back in Saudi Arabia to make a pilgrimage to Makkah. (Screenshot: Paul Pogba, Twitter)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Paul Pogba shares spiritual trip to Makkah on social media

JEDDAH: France and Manchester United star Paul Pogba is back in Saudi Arabia to make a pilgrimage to Makkah during the holy month of Ramadan.
Pogba posted a video to Twitter commenting on the beauty of the holy city.
The 25-year-old Muslim told his followers that he hoped they would be able to visit “this beautiful place” as he shot video of the Holy Mosque and the Kaaba.
Pogba said: “Only the person that comes here would understand the feeling. So I hope the people that have never have been here yet will do one day.
“Beautiful place. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. And the feeling, I cannot even explain to you,” he added.

Many people reacted positively to his post on social media because, despite his fame and wealth, he remains aware of his religious duties as a Muslim.
The United star has a week off before linking up with the France squad looking to triumph at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which kicks off June 14.
Pogba made a similar trip last year, when he journeyed to Makkah just days after United had won the Europa League by beating Ajax in the final.

 


UAE end Kyrgyzstan’s Asian Cup odyssey

Updated 22 January 2019
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UAE end Kyrgyzstan’s Asian Cup odyssey

  • Substitute Ahmed Khalil was UAE’s hero on an angst-ridden Abu Dhabi night as he blasted home from the spot in the first additional period
  • Less than a quarter of an hour earlier Kyrgyzstan substitute Tursunali Rustamov had stunned the home side when he snatched a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates: Hosts United Arab Emirates ended Kyrgyzstan’s fairytale with a controversial extra-time penalty to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals on a 3-2 soreline Monday.
Substitute Ahmed Khalil was UAE’s hero on an angst-ridden Abu Dhabi night as he blasted home from the spot in the first additional period to set up a meeting with the Socceroos in the last eight.
Less than a quarter of an hour earlier Kyrgyzstan substitute Tursunali Rustamov had stunned the home side when he snatched a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer at the end of a nail-biting contest.
It had taken the Emirates just 14 minutes to break through as Khamis Esmaeel headed in an Ismail Matar corner.
Plucky Kyrgyzstan refused to go unnoticed on their Asian Cup debut, however, and the White Falcons equalized midway through the first half when Mirlan Murzaev squeezed the ball in from a seemingly impossible angle.
Kyrgyz captain Valery Kichin then gave UAE a scare when his curling shot crashed against the crossbar.
But Ali Mabkhout volleyed the 2015 semifinalists back in front with his third goal of the tournament after some horror defending from Mustafa Iusupov.
That looked to have ended Kyrgyz defiance until Rustamov headed home in the dying seconds to force extra time.
But after Mabkhout had tumbled in the box under minimal contact, the Asian Cup hosts were awarded a penalty that was hotly disputed — for the second time in this tournament.
Khalil kept his cool though and drilled home the spot kick on 103 minutes to give UAE a shot at avenging their semifinal defeat by Australia four years ago.
There was still time for Baktyiar Duishobekov and Rustamov to hit the woodowork, but the Emiratis somehow clung on.