Kuwait helping Qatar for the 2022 World Cup might be a blessing for the country

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT - OCTOBER 15: Aziz Behich of Australia and Dhari Sa'ed of Kuwait battle for the ball during the International Friendly match between Kuwait and Australia at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT - OCTOBER 15: Aziz Behich of Australia and Dhari Sa'ed of Kuwait battle for the ball during the International Friendly match between Kuwait and Australia at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

The Middle East nation is trying to lift the third FIFA ban of its history, and they might help Qatar co-host the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA will decide on June if they will play the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with 48 teams instead of 32.

And neighbor country Kuwait might help the Qatari pledge, and also get some help themselves.

The country has been banned by FIFA for the third time in their history after the government meddled in the football association in 2015.

But this ban could be lifted if they help Qatar co-host the tournament.

“We might have the world’s most prestigious sporting event at home and raise very high the Kuwaiti flag,” Kuwait national team player Omar Al Hebaiter told Al Jazeera.

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“Everybody hopes [for it to happen]… Infantino came two times, think about it,” Sheikh Ahmad Al-Yousef Al-Sabah, president of the Kuwait Football Association, added.

“Qatar and FIFA’s president hold the decision. Let’s meet on June 5th.”

President Gianni Infantino has visited some of the countries that surround Qatar and might be able to help their project to make the World Cup bigger.

“When our emir says ‘okay’, he gives money,” opined former national team manager Fahad Awadh.

But Kuwait might not be ready as it only has two stadiums that could host international matches: 60,000-seat Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium and 26,000-seat Sabah Al Salem Stadium. Both require upgrades to work.

“Our pitches are hideous, our stadiums date back to the 1960s, and alcohol consumption or Israel’s participation will never be accepted,” concluded supporter Sami Al Saad.

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