UAE players bring home dirhams, cars and camels

The team members of newly crowned Arabian Gulf Cup champions, United Arab Emirates, have received a financial windfall with a variety of cash and other prizes announced by the state and sponsors. UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced half a million dirhams (US$ 136,000) for each of the players while Ismael Matar’s performance ,as the tournament top-scorer and most valuable player award, "fetched him a million dirhams" from Sheikh Nasser Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. According to AFCMedia, Matar had already been "gifted by a fan with two expensive camels" after helping UAE qualify for the semifinals. Other sponsors pitched in with a total of 11 million dirhams in cash prizes while a car company gifted 26 cars.