Stars of the Week - Round 5
Meshaal Abdullah (Al Ahli)
Meshaal Abdullah once again played the role of captain to perfection by contributing a double as Al Ahli recorded their first victory in the league by blanking Qatar SC 3-0. The win took Al Ahli from 11th to ninth position in the standings. Meshaal scored the first and third goals. He opened the scoring with a header off an indirect corner kick and his second came following a neat 1-2 with team-mate Fareed Ibrahim. The wily striker has come to The Brigadiers’ rescue umpteen times over many seasons.
Rachid Tiberkanine (Al Kharaitiyat)
Rachid’s powerful display could not have come at a better time for Al Kharaitiyat than it did during their match against in-form Al Gharafa at the Al Khor Stadium on Thursday. The Cheetahs were coming off a big victory over Al Khor, while The Thunders had lost to Al Sailiya in the previous round. The skilful Moroccan midfielder opened the scoring for his side by converting from the spot and then netted another goal deep into injury time with a long-range strike to complete a 4-1 victory.
Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd)
Al Sadd spearhead Baghdad Bounedjah seemed to be compensating fully for missing their first three rounds in the QNB Stars League and two QSL Cup matches due to an injury he sustained during their season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup triumph. He had taken the field only in the second half against Qatar SC in the previous round. But against Al Arabi in the Qatar Derby, he played full time and scored as early as third minute, a strike that helped The Wolves gain an upper hand in the game. He also proved how dangerous he could be if left unmarked in the area.
Youssef Al Arabi (Al Duhail)
Moroccan star Youssef El Arabi continued his impressive form as he netted twice in their 4-1 victory over Umm Salal. He once again underlined his potential, be it scoring goals or providing assists or giving precise passes. It was from his cross that Youssef Msakni found the The Red Knights’ last goal. El Arabi thus took his tally to 10 atop the scorers’ chart while maintaining his average of two goals per game. El Arabi was the top scorer in last season’s league as well with 24 goals.