After the success of our two Arabic adventurers in bringing us their Asian Diary from the first week of the Asian Cup we were delighted to secure the services for one game only of Jon Lawrence, author of Astoldby,me. as well as being an ex-colleague, he is one of the most travelled men I know so who better to report on the semi-final featuring his native Australia and Uzbekistan.
It was purely by chance that I found myself in Doha for the Asian Cup semi-final clash between the Socceroos and Uzbekistan’s White Wolves. Just a few days earlier, I had been told by my employer that I was required to spend a week with our client here while one of my colleagues installed their new system.
I reluctantly admit that I had not been following the Asian Cup closely – I’d been very busy at work and the matches were on at ungodly hours of the morning (and not on free-to-air TV). I was only vaguely aware that it was even in Qatar.
A few minutes of research later, I was very excited, having discovered that my trip would coincide with the Semi-Finals, with the Socceroos looking much more positive under new coach Holger Osieck and about to tackle the Iraqis in the Quarters. Continue reading