Tough season for Jaish, who could yet have a say in the QSL title race
El Jaish are the next side under the spotlight as we look at the progress of the teams in the QSL during the international break. It’s safe to say that it’s been a frustrating season for Sabri Lamouchi’s side who were the pace setters in the league before dropping off in the second half, thanks in part to a host of injuries and suspensions for the side.
The 2016/2017 QSL season started so well for El Jaish, boosted by their exploits in the AFC Champions League, the soldiers started the campaign well before their rivals and that certainly contributed to their early success. Nine games into the season and Jaish were leading the standings, notching eight victories in the process and playing a brand of exciting football.
However a narrow 2-1 defeat to bitter rivals Lekhwiya kick started a ten game streak in the league which saw the soldiers only pick up three victories. This run certainly curtailed Jaish’s title ambitions as they slipped out of the race for the QSL falcon shield. More frustrating for El Jaish was the host of long term injuries they picked up during the run coupled with suspensions which severely depleted the side.
Come January, and El Jaish did move to bolster their ranks with the loan signings of Sayaf Al-Korbi and Majdi Siddiq from Al Sailiya. However the duo has yet to make a real impact for the side in the second half of the season.
Jaish have recovered slightly in February and are slowly showing the form that led them to lead the way in the QSL standings during the start of the season. To date, Jaish has picked up thirteen wins, six draws and four defeats in the league season; form has steadily improved with Jaish only losing once in their last five QSL games.
Heading into the final three games of the season, and El Jaish just need a solitary point to all but confirm their place in the end of season Qatar Cup competition. However on paper at least, they have three tough games to round off the season.
First up will be a game against local rivals Lekhwiya, followed up with a tie against fifth placed Al Gharafa who will be looking to close down Sabri Lamouchi’s side. Finally Jaish will take on a title chasing Al Sadd side, however with form on their side El Jaish could have a crucial say in where the QSL falcon shield will head to come the end of the campaign.