By Sports Reporter/Doha
Qatar Stars League side Al Ahli revealed that Spanish coach Joaquin Caparros is set to take charge of the side for the new 2017-18 campaign.
The Brigadiers confirmed the news via their official website that the club had come to an agreement with the former Osasuna coach, who has signed a one-year deal with the side, after Yusef Adam resigned from his post after the end of the season.
This will be Caparros’ first time coaching stint in the Gulf. However, the 61-year-old does boast of an envious professional CV, which includes stints at a host of Spanish sides, including Sevilla, Villareal, and Levante.
Caparros will be charged with reviving the fortunes of Al Ahli, who finished 10th in the QSL standings with a tally of 27 points.
The Brigadiers had started the campaign with Croatian coach Luka Bonacic, who enjoyed a solid start with the side, including an eye-catching 4-2 win over Al Gharafa on the opening day of the season.
Fast forward four games later and Bonacic was dismissed from his post after losing only his second game, a 1-3 defeat to Al Khor. Ahli turned to experienced Qatari coach Yusef Adam to lead the side.
It certainly took time for Adam to register his first win with the side, notching a narrow 2-1 win over Muaither in in the middle of December. However, draws against the like of Al Sailiya, Umm Salal and Al Shahania saw his side just outside of the relegation zone.
Come January, and Al Ahli brought in a host of professional players to boost their flagging season. The likes of Yassine Chikhaoui, Cristian Maidana and a returning Mojtaba Jabbari were all hired to push the Brigadiers up the league standings.
However, it wasn’t the professional players who proved to be the catalyst in Ahli’s turnaround.
Ali Ferydoon was picked up on loan from Al Shamal, and the local striker came up with some crucial goals for his new team. His strong performances were central to a run of three straight wins in January, which pulled Ahli out of trouble.
Al Ahli ended their season on a poor run of form, which saw them lose all three of their final games. Thankfully their early easy form ensured that the Brigadiers ended the season five points away from the drop zone.
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