Injuries prohibited Ahli’s top four challenge- according to Qatari midfielder
Ali Qadri believes that his Al Ahli side must focus on finishing on the highest possible position in the league from their three remaining games of the season. The Ahli midfielder spoke with QSL online, giving his thoughs on the Brigadeers season to date.
Opening up the conversation Qadri stressed that relegation is not a worry for Ahli going into the last rounds of the season. “We are not thinking about relegation when we enter the coming three games. We only think about how to improve our standing in the league table.”
“I believe that winning all the nine points from the remaining three matches will definitely improve our position which will reflect on the Emir Cup fixtures. We are not only seeking to improve Al Ahli standing in QSL to avoid the strong teams in the Emir Cup competition but also because we as players are not satisfied with the current position in the standings” noted the Qatari midfielder.
Reflecting on the season to date, Qadari stressed that injuries and luck has restricted Ahli’s chances of finishing higher in the table. “It’s been a tough season due to injuries and missing players. We have played some games, in particular versus Al Rayyan in the second leg, missing seven key players. If it weren’t for the absentees, we would be set for a higher finish in the league.
Commenting on his sides performances Qadri reflected; “The atmosphere between has been good at the club this season, we have showed that we can play at the level we want to. It’s just that we have missed out at the very last in a number of crucial games.”
This has been the toughest QSL season, due to the league being reduced to 12 teams, this has led to a fierce relegation battle for a number of teams” noted Qadri when asked about his thoughts on the competition in the QSL this season.
Talk turns to the midfielders own performances this season, and the midfielder believes that he has improved over the course of the season “Every day I am working and improving, and I feel that this season I am moving in the right direction. The whole side in Al Ahli has done well recently, especially January signing Ahmed Abdelmaqsoud who really lifted some of the pressure on the side.”
Ending the conversation, Qadri gave his verdict on the QSL title race. “It’s a close battle between Al Sadd and Lekhwiya, we will be aiming to defeat Lekhwiya in round 25 right now, it’s too close to say who will win the title we have much football to play.”