Sami Al-Jaber leaves Al-Hilal, appointed advisor to Saudi General Sports Authority

Al-Jaber, who spent most of his playing career at Al-Hilal, is the new director for international relations at the GSA. (Twitter: Al-Hilal)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Sami Al-Jaber leaves Al-Hilal, appointed advisor to Saudi General Sports Authority

  • Al-Jaber will be the director of international relations at the GSA
  • Prince Mohammed bin Faisal will succeed him as the president of Al-Hilal

JEDDAH: Saudi footballing legend Sami Al-Jaber has been appointed as the advisor to the Kingdom's General Sports Authority, local media reported on Thursday.
Al-Jaber will be the director of international relations at the GSA.

The 45-year-old, who has spent most of his playing career at Al-Hilal, will leave his role as president of the Riyadh-based club.
Prince Mohammed bin Faisal will succeed him at the helm of Saudi Arabia's most successful club.
The club thanked the outgoing president and welcomed the new with a pair of tweets on their official Twitter account.
Al-Jaber, who is considered one of the best players in Saudi history — he is the only player to appear in four consecutive World Cup tournaments - will be advising a body which has been responsible for a number of new sports initiatives, including a recent announcement of holding a 4-team tournament where the Green Falcons will take on Argentina and Brazil in Saudi Arabia.
In March, the authority signed an extensive 10-year contract to bring WWE shows to the Kingdom on an annual basis.


Simona Halep positive despite Dubai defeat by Belinda Bencic

Updated 21 February 2019
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Simona Halep positive despite Dubai defeat by Belinda Bencic

  • Former world No.1 blames three-set loss on tiredness after nine matches in 13 days.
  • Halep has high hopes for the rest of 2019, saying her game is in good shape.

LONDON: Simona Halep is still certain a good year lies in store for her despite losing to Belinda Bencic in the Dubai quarterfinals.
The Romanian former world No. 1 was the favorite to win her second title in the emirate but ran out of steam as her Swiss opponent ran out 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner.
It was Halep’s ninth match in just 13 days and she admitted tiredness had caught up with her.
“It was really difficult physically. I was tired,” the world No. 2 said.

Bencic came from a set down to beat the favorite in the last-eight encounter in Dubai. (AFP) 


“After the second set, I felt like I’m getting cramping a little bit. It’s normal. I was sweating a lot.”
While, her fatigue was clear for all to see, Halep was not using it as an excuse, admitting Bencic, who has now beaten her in two of their three matches, was the deserved winner.
“Yeah, she played well. She played very well. In the end, she was a little bit stronger,” the Romanian said.
Having lost in the Qatar final last weekend and failed to make the last-four in Dubai you might think Halep would be disappointed with her Middle East stint. She was, however, far from glum and revealed she is looking forward to landing more titles to add to her collection during the rest of the year.

Cheerio from Halep after her defeat to the Swiss. (AFP) 


“I think were three good weeks. Tough weeks. A lot of tension, a lot of pressure. Also the Fed Cup,” she said.
“I take only positive things. I had great matches. My level is good. Physically also I’m good. But day by day I had to play, so is not easy.
“I’m confident for the next tournaments.”