Week 12 Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Duhail


Al Duhail coach Djamel Belmadi spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 12 match against Qatar SC.

“The first game in each phase is always difficult, but we would like to start from where we left off. Qatar SC are a transformed side under new coach Abdullah Mubarak. Their strategies and priorities have changed, and they showed marked improvement in the last few games. That makes our task hard.

“The break between the first and second phase was a welcome relief for our players after putting in great efforts in the opening half. No doubt, we will benefit from it by way of results.

“January is a tough period for us as six of our players are currently doing duty for Qatar at the Asian Under-23 Championship in China. So a number of new faces will appear on our bench.

Al Duhail player Hazem Shehata said, “We are well prepared to meet Qatar SC. We will definitely work hard to get full points.

“I know I am with a big club that is entering all tournaments to win them. That makes the competition to win the confidence of coaching staff in order to earn a call-up tough,” said Hazem.