UAE forward Ali Mabkhout’s goal against Bahrain in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup group stage has been recognised as the fastest in the history of tournament.
The 24-year-old scored just 14 seconds into the showdown at Canberra Stadium back in January, helping the Whites to clinch a 2-1 victory and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
Mabkhout, who received his award from the Guinness Book of Records on Monday, expressed his excitement and insisted that the prize will encourage him to aim for further glories in both club and international levels.
“This award gives me motivation to put more effort and hard work in to the future, with Al Jazira in both the Arabian Gulf League and President’s Cup and with the UAE’s national team in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers,” he said according to Sport 360.
“(Against Bahrain) We were looking for a win to ensure qualification to the second round of the tournament, and we were able to achieve the third place and the bronze medal.”
The Al Jazira star enjoyed a sublime Asian Cup, becoming an integral part of the UAE’s successful third place finish and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot award with five goals.