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The Yemeni football team›s coach, the Croatian Strechco, has expressed his annoyance at the 22 May Stadium guards› refusal to allow the players of Al-Shu›lah Team to enter the stadium for the friendly match with the standby players of our national team.

Coach Strechco›s purpose of this match, which was decided to be held last Tuesday evening with the presence of the members of the organizing committee of Gulf 20, was to assess readiness of our standby players.

Everybody was surprised by intensive security assigned for guarding 22 May Stadium not allowing the club›s bus to enter the stadium under the pretext of non-coordination with the security committee, which is one of the formed committees by the Supreme Committee organizing Gulf 20.

Despite the many attempts and threats made by the chairman of the Supreme Committee and Minister of Youth & Sports, Hamoud Obad, to convince the security team to let the bus and players in, the guards refused.

Minister Obad called the Director of Gulf 20 Tournament, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Eisi, to make many calls, which all failed due to the stubbornness of the security men and the chairman of the security committee which prevented the match because no prior coordination was made with him, despite the concession made by the attendees to allow only the players and the coach to enter.

This incident has exposed the ignorance of the security men›s preparation for dealing with all circumstances of the matches and haphazardness that exists in the action committees of the tournament, as the security committee receives orders from the Supreme Committee and not vice versa. The incident has also revealed the extent of security concerns experienced by the security agencies in Aden city.

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