UAE issues Asian Cup stamp, commemorative coin

By Angel Chan

DUBAI 9 January 2019: A commemorative stamp has been issued by Emirates Post to mark the holding of the AFC Asian Cup – UAE 2019 tournament, which kicked off on 5th January.

Designed by Emirates Post and printed by Oriental Printing Press, Bahrain, the Dh3 stamp is issued in sheets of 9, with dimensions of 30 x 45 mm, and with a total of 25,020 stamps being issued. 4,000 First Day Covers, have also been issued, priced at Dh4, and 1,000 special postcards, priced at Dh5.

The issue date is 7th January, said Wam.

Central Bank issues commemorative coin on Asian Cup

The Central Bank of the UAE has announced that it will be issuing a commemorative silver coin and a commemorative one Dirham coin tomorrow to mark the hosting by the country of the Asian Cup – UAE 2019.

The Silver Coin is 40 mm in diameter, 40 gms weight, with an alloy of 92.5 per cent Silver and 7.5 per cent Copper. 1,000 coins are being issued.

The obverse face of the Coin depicts the Cup’s logo while the back depicts the denominational value of Dh50, written in Arabic and English.

The Commemorative Dirham is 24.0 mm in diameter, 6.10 gms in weight, 5 Microns/Nickel and 20 Microns/Copper and 8 Microns /Nickel, in plating deposit on a steel core. The face is the same as the one dirham coin in general circulation while the back depicts the Cup’s logo.

All of the commemorative Dh50 silver coins have been handed over to the local organising committee for the AFC Asian Cup, while the commemorative one dirham coins will be available in the normal way through branches of the Central Bank.

Saudi Arabia 4-0 DPR Korea

Saudi Arabia defeated DPR Korea 4-0 to open their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Group E campaign in style at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday.

The opening minutes saw possession evenly balanced but as the match progressed, the Green Falcons began to dominate with their first clear chance coming in the 13th minute through Abdulaziz Al Bishi’s left-footed strike which just missed the target.

Saudi Arabia’s Hatan Bahbri was a nuisance for the Koreans down the left flank and his cross into the box in the 24th minute showed his threat, with a sliding Ali Hadi Albulayhi just failing to connect.

Four minutes later, Bahbri did it on his own as he dribbled past DPR Korea’s Ri Il-jin and let loose a strike to open the scoring.

Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side grew in confidence after the goal and they doubled their lead in the 37th with an amazing goal.

Hussain Almoqahwi’s free-kick from just outside the box hit the DPR Korea wall but the rebound incredibly saw Mohammed Al Fatil back heeling the ball into the net.

DPR Korea suffered another blow just a minute before the break when Han Kwang-song received a second yellow card for a tackle on Almoqahwi.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Kim Yong-jun’s side refused to give up and came close in the 64th minute through skipper Jong Il-gwan but the Saudi defenders regrouped to deny him.

Moments later, Saudi Arabia had a missed opportunity with Fahad Almuwallad sidestepping defender Kim Chol-bom and ‘keeper Ri Myong-guk, but his shot flew wide.

The Chollima’s defence was beginning to show signs of tiredness, and the Green Falcons took advantage of it in the 70th minute, when Salem Aldawsari was left unmarked and the Saudi captain made no mistake from the centre of the box to make it 3-0.

There was to be a fourth as in the 87th minute, defender Kim Song-gi failed to clear Hamdan Alshamrani’s cross into the box, and Almuwallad steered the ball into the back of the net to seal Saudi Arabia’s first opening AFC Asian Cup match triumph since they emerged champions in 1996.

Iraq 3 Vietnam 2

Vietnam twice led against Iraq but were unable to hold out for a point in the Asian Cup as Ali Adnan struck a 90th-minute free-kick.

A brilliant last-gasp free-kick from Ali Adnan earned Iraq a dramatic 3-2 victory over Vietnam in their Asian Cup Group D opener at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Dubai Gazette