Akram Afif, the so-called Salah of Qatar, performed a special ceremony.
British media “Sports Bible” reported on the 11th (Korea time), “Akram Afif showed an unprecedented card trick ceremony after scoring Qatar’s first goal in the Asian Cup final against Jordan.”
Qatar beat Jordan 3-1 in the final match of the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on Wednesday (Korea time). Thanks to the victory, Qatar won its second Asian Cup title in a row following the previous event.
Afif had been flying since the 20th minute of the first half. After grabbing the ball from the left side, Afif dribbled into the opponent’s penalty box, and Jordan’s Nasib kicked Afif’s foot to secure a PK. Afif, who succeeded in getting the PK he got, performed a goal ceremony with magic that became a hot topic online after scoring the goal.
According to Secret Sports, Afif ran to the camera, pulled a card out of his sock, and waved the card with his hand to show his “S” to his wife. Afif’s special ceremony inside the Lusail Stadium soon began to go viral.
“The magic ceremony was crazy,” one fan said, while another said, “To do magic in the final, taking off your shirt and celebrating fiercely was nothing. This is a real sport.”
Another fan added, “I directed this scene by choosing a slow motion camera out of all the cameras in the stadium,” and “Akram Afif did one of the coldest ceremonies of all time.” 마카오토토
Afif also scored a PK in the 27th minute of the second half when his team was drawing 1-1, making a 2-1 lead again. Afif celebrated magic again after scoring this goal, and this time everyone knew his trick as he did it roughly rather than the first goal ceremony.
Afif, who scored two goals in this final, eventually proved to be Asia’s best player by sweeping not only the top scorer of the tournament but also the Asian Cup MVP, assistant king, best 11 and final MOM with eight goals and three assists in this Asian Cup.