QNB Stars League Week 16 Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Duhail


Al Duhail coach Djamel Belmadi spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 16 match against Al Gharafa.

“We are happy to also have three other Qatari clubs — Al Sadd, Al Gharafa and Al Rayyan — in this year’s AFC Champions League. Managing the team technically well will be important in the next phase and we must be ready for all championships.

“Al Gharafa have undergone some changes after the winter transfer period and they have a new coach in Bulent Uygun. Even otherwise, all matches are difficult at this stage. They have been improving of late and have lost only once in the second phase.

“However, our goal is to keep winning and we are fully prepared for tough times that require us to stay fully concentrated. The title race is still wide open and it’s too early to talk about winning the league.

“This match is important for both teams, especially for us, and we have to win it. The same day, Al Sadd and Al Rayyan are playing too. Our team wants to stay in the lead and for that winning is crucial.

“Qatar winning bronze at the recent Asian Under-23 Championship in China augurs well for all young players in the country,” said Belmadi.