The excitement for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 reached new heights during the Friday inauguration ceremony, where the official mascots of the tournament were unveiled. The Barahat Msheireb, a vibrant open square in downtown Doha, served as the perfect backdrop for introducing the dynamic family of animated desert jerboas who will represent the event.
Saboog, the blue-colored son, makes a return to the international stage, having first captivated audiences during the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011. Joining him are his family members: Freha, the pink-colored eldest daughter; Tmbki, the yellow-colored younger son; and the parents, Zkriti and Traeneh, the green and purple-colored father and mother, respectively. Each member is named after regions in Qatar, adding a touch of local flavor to the mascots’ identities.
The mascots’ designs, crafted by Qatari artist Ahmed Al Maadheed, were inspired by a traditional household, aiming to resonate with families and young people across the region. Al Maadheed’s vision emphasizes inclusivity, inviting everyone to be part of the Asian Cup festivities.
Accompanying the mascots’ reveal was a catchy song shared on various platforms, introducing the jerboa family and fostering a sense of connection with fans. With just 42 days left until the tournament’s kick-off on January 12, 2024, anticipation is building for the football extravaganza, hosted by Qatar for the third time in history.
The AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 promises a month-long spectacle featuring 24 teams from across Asia competing in nine state-of-the-art stadiums. As the vibrant jerboa family takes center stage, their animated presence adds an extra layer of excitement and warmth to an already eagerly awaited event. Get ready to cheer for your favorite teams as the Asian Cup unfolds in the heart of the Gulf State, where football meets culture in a celebration of unity and sportsmanship.