FAREWELL, CHAMPION!

FAREWELL, CHAMPION!

RETIREMENT is a stark reality most of us have to face, and for a sportsman, it is always more unpleasant, especially for those whose careers are soaked in glory.

But former Qatar international Yasseen Moussa said he was mentally prepared and wished not to think about it in great detail.

“One should be prepared to accept this phase of life. That’s the truth. I’ve to accept it. Every good thing has to come to an end. I want to create room for the younger generation to step forward,” Yasseen told Doha Stadium Plus.

“I was the captain of Qatar national team and Al Rayyan. It has been a wonderful journey,” said Yasseen, who took the field one last time for Al Rayyan in his farewell match against Globalport Batang Pier of the Philippines at the
Ali bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena last week.

Yasseen was also a member of the national side which won the FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Russia in 2014.

His trailblazing career will be difficult to emulate while his legacy, sacrifice and struggle, which yielded success for two decades, will be talked about for some time.

His influence on the juniors has been huge and many have taken up the game as a career option just because of him.

The 36-year-old, simply put, is a great advertisement for the sport. No wonder, the Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) decided to make him a part of their think-tank aimed at developing the sport.

“I’ll continue to work with and help the QBF. Thanks to the league and 3x3 events, the sport has become hugely popular. It has caught the imagination of younger generation,” added Yasseen, who has represented Qatar at the  FIBA World and Asian Championships.

Yasseen’s involvement with the federation will be a huge boost for the game, as endorsed by QBF President Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

“Qatar basketball is in a better place because of his contribution as a player. He’s a role model for the juniors. We’ll use his vast experience to guide us,” said Sheikh Saoud.

Yasseen’s tall and lean frame was a familiar sight at domestic competitions, where he led Al Rayyan with aplomb. He had also helped them to the Arab Championship title in Sale, Morocco, two years ago.

“I’ve done my best for the country and club. I’ve learnt from every match as a player. I hope to share the experience and contribute to the sport’s growth,” he said.

Yasseen ended his career with 46 trophies for Rayyan besides 16 titles with the Qatar national team.

“I thank Qatar Olympic Committee President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, Sheikh Saoud and Rayyan for making my journey enjoyable,” he concluded. 

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