The 53,000-strong crowd was almost uncontrollable in their excitement… The roar from the grandstands ricocheted across the football field below… TV crews swarmed the stadium to absorb the high-energy football fever being broadcast to millions of television screens across the region… The build-up of the return of the AFL Champions League (ACL) on 15 September 2010 for the second half of the 2010 Season was positively electrifying!

QNet Player Escorts with the teams, with more than 53,000 people cheering from the stadium.
QNet Player Escorts with the teams, with more than 53,000 people cheering from the stadium.

And right amongst it all, swarming in bright orange shirts and waving bright orange flags, were 400 loud and proud QNet IRs, all cheering and clapping for the first leg of the ACL Quarter Finals at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia!

Doing battle for football glory were Saudi team Al Hilal and Qatari rivals Al Gharafa. The grand sporting event brought the thrill and excitement of football to an all-time high, as local team Al Hilal took out the match with a stunning 3-0 win over Al Gharafa!

The exhilaration didn’t just begin on Match Day. The previous day, ten QNet IRs were invited to interact with Al Gharafa in their pre-match training session at the stadium, take pictures by the new field-side QNet A-Board, and get close to their favourite footballers.

On Match Day itself, hundreds of eager QNet IRs enjoyed the striking QNet booth at the stadium’s main entrance, with an amazing QNet product exhibition being visited by not only QNet IRs, but thousands of football fans as well! In-Service staff handed out thousands of QNet-ACL promotional items, such as cheering sticks, flyers, and T-shirts to IRs and fans alike!

Our IRs sat in a special ‘QNet Zone’, where they could fully experience the thrill of the game from a great vantage point! Enthusiastic cheers punctuated the broadcast of the new QNet ACL television commercial, which was shown several times prior to kick-off and during half time on the stadium’s giant screen. QNet was broadcast to millions!

See below for more photos from this mind-blowing sporting event.

If you missed this match, don’t fret! Leg 2 of the AFC Champions League Quarter Finals promises to be another fantastic QNet event in Doha, Qatar, TODAY (22/09/10), attended also by none other than QNet Managing Director Mr JR Mayer and The V Managing Director Mr Pathman Senathirajah!