Week 12 Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Sadd


Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 12 match against Al Markhiya.

“It will be difficult since the match comes after a long break. For that matter, all teams will find it tough. For sure, it will take some time for the players to get going after a stoppage of one month.

“Our Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah is still recovering from his injury and is not yet ready to play this game. We will approach all matches in the second phase of the QNB Stars League with only victory in mind.

“We will try to take the lead in our bid to win the league shield for a 14th time. The matches in the second phase will be more difficult for us than in the first leg because we also have to compete in the AFC Champions League,” said Ferreira.

Al Sadd player Yasser Abu Bakr said they were ready to face Al Markhiya, adding that they would play with all their strength and seriousness because their goal was to make a winning start to the second half of league campaign.

“We will be keen to provide the best performance against Al Markhiya because our goal is to get full points,” said Yasser.