Qatar SC striker Fahad Khalfan in an Exclusive Interview with QSL Online


‘We want to make up for setbacks’

Qatar SC tasted victory only for a second time in this season’s QNB Stars League by beating Al Kharaitiyat 3-2 last week. The first time they did so was in Week 2, against promoted Al Markhiya, way back on 22nd September. Their only other positive result was a 1-1 draw with Umm Salal in Week 9.

In an exclusive interview with QSL Online ahead of their key clash against Al Gharafa, scheduled for 8th December, Qatar SC striker Fahad Khalfan spoke about various topics.

“The match against Al Gharafa is just like other fixtures. We approach every fixture as if we’re playing the final. We lost a lot of games and points in the first phase of the tournament and we want to make up for the setbacks. We hope we beat Al Gharafa,” said Fahad.

“The victory over Al Kharaitiyat was a big morale-booster for us. However, we’re expecting a tough encounter against Al Gharafa, who did well during their victory over Al Arabi in the last round,” he said.

It may be recalled that the win helped Qatar SC jump to 10th position with seven points from the very bottom.

The forward pointed out that the team’s overall level was good against Al Kharaitiyat, who are a strong side with some quality players. However, Qatar SC showed character to pull off an important victory.

“Al Gharafa have very good players, both professional and nationals, in all departments of the game. The absence of Slovakian attacking midfielder Vladimir Weiss (who will undergo a cruciate ligament knee surgery at Qatar’s orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital Aspetar on 12th December) will affect their performance and may go to our advantage.

“We were unlucky in many matches. Despite putting up good displays and creating scoring opportunities, we didn’t get the deserved results. At times, we also suffered from changes made in the team composition and a lack of consistency.

After a long slump, the club management brought back Qatari coach Abdullah Mubarak, replacing Argentinian Gabriel Calderon. The team met with instant success as they put it across Al Kharaitiyat.

Abdullah was the coach when Qatar SC got promoted from the Second Division before Calderon took charge at the start of this season.

Fahad praised the work of Abdullah, saying he had succeeded in instilling confidence in the players.

“We’ve the potential to be in the top half of the table. Our goal is to score as many points as possible, so our position will improve,” Fahad concluded, adding he was longing to represent Qatar’s senior national team.