Today, the University honored the coach of the national junior football team, who won the WAFF U15 Championship, Coach Qais Mohammed Saleh, with the University Shield and a Certificate of Appreciation.
The Rector, Dr. Al-Qassim Mohammed Abass, emphasized that the honoring ceremony comes in appreciation of the significant achievement of the junior team in winning the WAFF Cup and unifying the feelings of Yemenis inside Yemen and abroad.
He also pointed out that the honoring comes as an extension of the official and popular celebration that the Capital, Sana’a, and various governorates hosted for Yemen’s junior football team who showed high skills and deserved the WAFF Cup in its eighth edition, indicating that this footballing achievement represents a pride for all the Yemeni people.
The University Rector considered the team’s performance, which brought joy to the hearts of Yemenis, a result of great efforts of technical and practical training led by the national Coach, Qais Mohammad Saleh, who is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Physical Education at Sana’a university.
Moreover, Prof. Al-Qassim Abass emphasized the importance of supporting and paying attention to the national team so that the team would keep on accomplishing sporting achievements. He added that academic and professional work is the culmination of every artistic work; in addition, the creativity and brilliance that was witnessed is evidence that knowledge is the basis of success in various fields.
Further, Prof. Al-Qassim Abass urged the academics to continue developing scientific and academic programs and to keep on the track of creativity and giving. He also emphasized the reliable role of Coach Qais in conveying his technical and practical experience to the students of the Faculty of Physical Education in the BA and MA programs.
On the other hand, the coach of the national junior team expressed his appreciation to Sana’a University, the leadership of the Faculty of Physical Education and the supervisor of his academic thesis, Dr. Ahmed Al-Jasser, for honoring him with the University Shield and a Certificate of Appreciation, as well as for the support and attention he received in his pursuit of the PhD degree.
Further, he expressed his pleasure to receive this tribute from Sana’a University, from which thousands of students have graduated in various majors. He added that being honored in the academic community has a moral and symbolic significance. He also emphasized that this honoring ceremony will motivate the students of the Faculty of Physical Education to continue their academic pursuit in the BA and MA programs and reach the desired successes.
Moreover, the Faculty of Physical Education Dean, Sana’a University, Dr. Abdulghani Mutaher, emphasized that Coach Qais Mohammed Saleh submitted a proposed strategic plan to select the talented football juniors for the national team in Yemen, which was submitted to obtain a PhD in Physical Education.
The Dean pointed out that the PhD program in the Faculty is the first and only program at the level of Yemeni universities including fields that are concerned with sports and technical affairs. He added that the program’s outputs contribute to meeting the requirements of youth and sports, as it combines academic and technical sciences and professional experience.
The honoring ceremony was attended by the leaders of Sana’a University, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, Dr. Hussein Juaim; Vice Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Mohammad Al-Khawlani; the Head of the Academic Committee, who is the supervisor of Coach Qais’ thesis, Dr. Ahmed Jasem; the Youth Leader and former Vice Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education, Dr. Essam Al-Marwa’i.