Mansour Muftah Faraj Bekhit Al-Abdullah, or simply Mansour Muftah (Arabic: منصور مفتاح, born 22 November 1955) is a former Qatari footballer who played as a forward. He was the top scorer in the Qatar Stars League a record 4 times, as well as being the top scorer for the Qatar national team till this day with 53 goals. Other sources indicate that he only scored 31 goals.
|Full name||Mansour Muftah Faraj Bekhit Al-Abdullah|
|Date of birth||22 November 1955|
|Place of birth||Doha, Qatar|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Muftah attended the New Rayyan School; the school's football pitch was shared by Al Rayyan's first team. He joined in on an Al Rayyan training session, and scored two goals in a training match, prompting head coach Ashour Salem to ask him to join Al Rayyan's youth teams. Muftah rejected as he was a fan of Al Arabi, and was under pressure from his family to play for Al Arabi. Nonetheless, his sister-in-law presented him a contract with Al Rayyan, and he signed it without knowledge of the contents. Shortly after, his brother coerced him into signing a contract binding him to Al Arabi. This caused the two respective clubs to involve the QFA, which offered him a chance to select between the two clubs. He chose to play for Al Rayyan, a decision which elicited his brother to beat him. The next day, the Al Rayyan youth team won 3–1 against the Al Arabi youth team, with Muftah scoring 2 of the goals.
Muftah made his international debut in the 1976 Gulf Cup of Nations against Saudi Arabia. He scored 4 goals in 6 games in the tournament, including a two-minute brace against Bahrain. He also featured in the 1979 Gulf Cup of Nations held in Iraq, scoring a single goal against UAE, and again in 1982 Gulf Cup of Nations, scoring a goal against Oman.
In 1981, he participated in the World Military Cup held in Qatar, helping them finish as runners-up. From 1980 til 1986, the national team was coached by Evaristo de Macedo, who he describes as "undoubtedly the most influential person in his playing career".
He scored two goals and attained three assists in the group stage of the 1988 AFC Asian Cup held in Qatar. After Qatar made an early exit, Muftah, who was team captain, stated he felt humiliated for not at least reaching the knock-out stage. In a post-tournament interview, he apologized to the Qatari fans on behalf of the team. Despite losing the tournament, he earned 45,000 QR for winning 2 of the games.
Mansour Muftah awardEdit
|Qatar Stars League||179||216|
|Sheikh Jassim Cup||34||??|
- Qatar Sheikh Jassem Cup: 1998
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- نجوم قطرية سطعت في سماء العرس الخليجي (in Arabic)
- RSSSF - Gulf Cup '76
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- أسطورة الكرة القطرية منصور مفتاح في حديث خاص للشرق :كنا مرشحين بقوة للقب آسيا88 وسوء الحظ سبب خروجنا[permanent dead link] (in Arabic)
- منصور مفتاح من ابرز اللاعبين العرب في تاريخ كاس اسيا (in Arabic)
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