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Championship ‘break’ to war in Yemen

Yemen Junior National Football Team won the West Asian Junior Championship.

The national group convoy, which departed from Aden for the championship celebrations in the capital city of Yemen, Sana, was greeted with enthusiasm by thousands of people in the cities of Taiz, Ibb and Zemar.

The Youth National Group, which reached Sana’a, which is under the control of the Houthis, on Tuesday evening, January 4, accompanied by cheers in crowds on the streets of the city.

Entering the Es-Sevra Stadium in Sana’a on Wednesday morning, January 5, in an open-top bus, the Youth National Team was greeted by thousands of Yemeni flagged people filling the stadium.

At the celebration ceremony held at the stadium, the enthusiastic crowd said, “May our souls and blood be sacrificed for you, O Yemen! expressed their joy at the championship of their national group with slogans.

During the championship celebrations attended by the national team in Sana’a, the Youth Fund of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Yemen announced that 3 million Yemeni riyals (approximately 5 thousand dollars) will be awarded to the players.

Winner of the West Asian Junior Championship 2021, Yemen

Yemen Youth National Football Group became the West Asian Junior Champion for the first time in its history by beating final opponent Saudi Arabia on penalty shootout on 13 December 2021.

The victory of the young nationals was greeted with joy in the country, with Yemenis forming convoys to celebrate the championship.

“A feat ripped out of war and tragedy”

Yemeni Minister of Youth and Sports, Nayef al-Bakri, said his country’s victory in the West Asian Youth Championship was “an achievement ripped out of war and tragedy”.

In the statement made by the Ministry of Health, it was noted that Sana and other provinces were the scene of great celebrations due to the victory.

Celebrations were bloodied: 5 dead, 124 injured

However, it was shared that 5 people lost their lives and 124 people were injured as a result of the fire opened in the air during the celebrations.

In Yemen, where political instability has ruled for a long time, clashes are taking place between the Houthis and government-affiliated forces.

While the Houthis have been in control of the capital Sana’a and some regions since September 2014, the Saudi Arabian-led coalition forces have been supporting the Yemeni government against the Houthis since March 2015.

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