Yusef Adam to coach Markhiya
Newly promoted side Al Markhiya has confirmed a host of new signings over the weekend as the Oryxes begin to prepare for the new 2017/2018 season.
The club took to social media to confirm their new coach for the season, announcing that Qatari Yusef Adam is set to replace Italian coach Silvio Diliberto for the new campaign. Adam is no stranger to managing in the QSL, having previously led Al Ahli to a tenth place finish in the QSL standings last season.
Markhiya also announced the signing of two players to bolster the squad, first up is Gambian youth international Tijan Jaiteh along with goalkeeper Fahad Younes, formally of El Jaish. Both players will now join up with their team-mates and will be changed with helping the newly promoted side to avoid the drop.
Speaking on the new coach Al Markhiya’s head of football Mujib Hamad insisted his side is well equipped to survive in the league. “We are expecting much from Yusef Adam this season. He has plenty of experience in the league and this will be crucial if Markhiya are to do well, everyone at the club wishes him the very best.”
“Both signings will be crucial for us. Tijan Jaiteh is a tough defensive midfielder, and will be needed over the course of the season. As for Fahad Younes he is a young goalkeeper and we hope he can make a big impact for the side” added Hamad when asked about the new signings.
Qatar squad gets a month’s rest period
Qatar national team that beat Republic of Korea on Tuesday has been allowed to rest and recover for a month, QFA said recently.
Qatar won their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Tuesday to close a hectic football season.
QFA said the squad would be in rest mode from June 14 until July 14. The squad and the backroom staff will rest and then resume training for Qatar’s remaining 2018 World Cup qualifying games to be played in August and September.
Qatar take on Syria on August 31 and before playing their final game against China on September 5.
With two goals and an assist, Hasan al-Haydos provided the spark that belatedly ignited Qatar’s attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia next year as Jorge Fossati’s team earned the country a surprise win over Korea Republic.
Whether it will be enough to qualify the 2022 World Cup hosts for their first-ever World Cup appearance remains in doubt, but the Qataris will at least go into the penultimate round of matches with something to play for.
With two games to go, Qatar sit on seven points, five fewer than Uzbekistan but knowing that wins over Syria and China in their final two games could unlock the path to Russia 2018 via the playoffs.
Umm Salal confirm trio of signings
QSL side Umm Salal have announced the capture of three players on loan as the Orange Fortress ramp up their preparations for the upcoming 2017/2018 QSL campaign.
The club took to social media on Thursday evening to confirm the deals. First up will be Qatari left back Khaled al-Zakiba picked up on loan from Al Rayyan, whilst Al Sadd youngster Nassr Nabil has also been secured. The defender enjoyed a loan stint with Mesaimeer in the Qatar gas league last season. Finally Al Shahania central defender Muhannad Darjal has also been signed by Mahmoud Jaber’s outfit.
All three players have signed one-year loan deals with the club, and will be hoping to make an impact with the side during the course of the season. Umm Salal is now set for a training camp in the Netherlands to prepare for the upcoming QSL season.
Trio extend stay with Al Rayyan
QSL side Al Rayyan has extended the contracts of three key players ahead of the upcoming 2017/2018 QSL campaign. Mussa Haroon, along with youngsters Mohammed Alaaeldin and Abdulhameed Enad has all signed extensions to their current deals.
Mussa Haroon, who is one of the most experienced players in the Al Rayyan squad, has signed a one year extension to his contract. The Qatari defender has played for a host of sides in the QSL, and joined Al Rayyan in 2012. Haroon was a regular in the squad over the course of last season, and missed out the final games of the season through injury.
Likewise right back Mohammed Alaaeldin has added two further years to his current deal. The Qatari youth international has played a number of games this season, and at 23 years old has plenty of time to confirm him as first choice in the side.
Abdulhameed Enad has also extended his stay at Al Rayyan for two more years, the energetic midfielder was a regular from the bench this term, and will be targeting further game-time over the course of the season. After confirming the futures, all three players will begin to focus on the new 2017/2018 season. Al Rayyan is set for a training camp in the Netherlands as part of the preparation.
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