The Middle East is an important market for us and we are delighted to support the game and the people behind it in this part of the world.
New York, NY (Vocus) September 25, 2010
Having beaten Al Gharafa 3-0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals in KSA on Sept 15, the two-time ACL champions, Al Hilal, were expected to comfortably cruise through to the semi-finals. But during the second leg of the quarter-finals at Al Gharafa stadium, Doha, the hosts Al Gharafa had different plans.
Displaying skillful, aggressive and determined football from the first minute, Al Gharafa kept the visitors on their toes. Much to the home team supporters’ delight, it sealed the first half with a 3-0 lead.
The second half saw both teams engage in a goalless draw with Al Hilal trying to make a comeback while the home team kept their attacks at bay with some enthusiastic defending. With the score 3-0 in favor of Al Gharafa at full-time, both teams had aggregated 3 goals each in the quarter-finals.
As the delighted Al Gharafa and shocked Al Hilal fans were starting to make their way home, a 30 minute extra time was announced, the winner of which would move into the semi-finals on aggregate scores.
Al Gharafa scored 12 minutes into extra time, sending the stadium into ruptures for what seemed like a certain upset win over the favorites. All that suddenly changed when Al Hilal displayed some inspired football in the dying minutes of the game.
It first equalised and then scored the winner, with just a minute or so of play time left. The final score read 4-2 in favor of Al Gharafa, but Al Hilal moved into the semi-finals on an aggregate score of 5-4.
The keenly fought game was a viewer’s delight and football fans will remember this game for a long time to come. Among those in the excited audience that thoroughly enjoyed the game was a visibly large and enthusiastic contingent from QNet, the Official Direct Selling Supporter of the AFC Champions League.
QNet, a leading global direct selling company has been supporting the AFC Champion’s League since 2009 and helping raise the standard of the game.
JR Mayer, the Managing Director of QNet, told the more than 250 customers who had thronged to the stadium: “The Middle East is an important market for us and we are delighted to support the game and the people behind it in this part of the world.”
QNet has a rapidly growing presence in the Middle East and has innovatively exercised its association with AFC to reach out to football fans in the region through popular audience contests such as the ‘Goal of the Month’ contest where participants stand a chance to win fantastic prizes from QNet, and the ‘Player Escort’ programme, which provides a chance for the young stars of tomorrow to meet their football heroes.
Summing up the mood of the fans, Mr Mayer said, “Football never fails to unite people all over the world. And no matter what the final results are, it is the fans and supporters of the game who always win because of the excitement.”
With two Saudi Arabian teams, Al Hilal and Al Shabab, in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League 2010, there is the possibility of an all Saudi Arabia final. This would be a first in the history of AFC, and an absolute delight to football fans from this region.
QNet is an international direct selling brand established in 1998. Operating a global sales force, QNet offers a high-quality product portfolio consisting of innovative lifestyle products, including consumable and everyday items, personal care and wellness products, luxury and collectible items, vacation packages, and telecommunications.
QNet also provides business opportunities to millions of people around the world by offering entrepreneurial aspirants the opportunity to run their own business through an e-commerce platform, to promote the company and its products. Driven by the mission of RYTHM (Raise Yourself To Help Mankind), QNet is an active contributor to the support and sustainability of the communities in which it operates.
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