Kuwait Club won the Asian Football Confederation Cup for the first time in its history after a 2-1 victory over Syria’s Al-Karama in the final match of the tournament at Kuwait Stadium.
Kuwait first scored in the 15th minute of the match, when Hussein Hakem Al-Shammari sent a free kick past Al-Karama’s goalkeeper, Musab Al-Balhous.
In the 82nd minute, Al-Karama responded with a goal by Ahmed Deeb. Kuwait, however, scored its second goal in the 95th minute via a header by Omani player Ismail Al-Ajami. Iranian referee Masoud Moradi ended the match after 98 minutes of play.
After the game, Kuwaiti star footballer Abd Al-Aziz Al-Ambary said, “I am delighted at this historic victory for Kuwaiti football. I would like to thank the fans who came to the game. An estimated 18,000 fans and supporters were here with us today.”
Chairman of Kuwait Club parliamentarian Marzouq Al-Ghanim said, "Praise be to God for this outcome. I should thank all of the people of Kuwait for their prayers for our victory. I believe that we only won thanks to their supplications."
The following is a list of tournament winners, including more than one Arab club:
2004: Al-Jaish (Syria)
2005: Al-Faisaly (Jordan)
2006: Al-Faisaly (Jordan)
2007: Youth of Jordan (Jordan)
2008: Al-Muharraq (Bahrain)
2009: Kuwait (Kuwait)
Source: Al-Kuwait Sports Channel