Al Ahli — QNB Stars League 2017-18 season


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Ahead of the final round of QNB Stars League, Al Ahli looked to beat formidable Al Rayyan and improve their position in the final standings.

However, that did not happen as Al Ahli lost by a 1-4 margin to finish ninth with 22 points from six victories, four draws and 12 defeats. Qatar SC too had the same number of points, but The Brigadiers were placed ahead of The Kings on better goal difference (-18 as against -22).

It may be recalled that Al Ahli had defeated Al Rayyan 2-0 in the first phase. That they crashed to The Lions by a big margin showed their decline in the second phase of the competition.

It was a case of form deterioration for Al Ahli as the tournament progressed. They had done reasonably under Joaquin Caparros in the first phase and were sixth with 14 points after 11 rounds.

In the first half of the season, Al Ahli had four victories to their credit, while they drew two matches and lost five.

The Spaniard quit his job due to personal reasons and youth team coach George Jorje took charge. The team’s performance was more or less the same, but went a few notches lower.

Lack of consistency was their bane and they lost or drew games from winning positions. They collected only eight points in the second phase compared to 14 in the first.

Their squad included some really good players who presented good performances, but it is true that they did not get the desired results. Goalkeeper Yazan Naim was one of the players who excelled for Al Ahli.

The squad was a mix of youth and experience, with the latter category including the likes of Meshaal Mubarak, Meshaal Abdulla, Tunisian Yassine Chikhaoui, Syrian Hadi Al Masri and Majed Mohammed.

Al Ahli's Meshaal Mubarak played his last league match against Al Rayyan in Week 22. He represented four clubs in all, the other being Al Rayyan, Qatar SC and Al Gharafa.

 

Coach

Yousef Ahmed coached Al Ahli towards the end of last season’s QNB Stars League. He replaced George Jorge, who was no stranger to Qatar football or Al Ahli.

The Spaniard, who had been The Brigadiers’ youth team coach, was promoted when his compatriot Joaquin Caparros quit in the last week of December, citing personal reasons. The resignation came at a time when Al Ahli were sixth in the QNB Stars League standings after the first phase.

The club management, headed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani, immediately handed over the reins to Jorge, who coached the team at the end of last season, in the Emir’s Cup.

Top scorers

  1. Meshaal Abdulla    5
  2. Yasine Chikhaoui    4
  3. Mohammed Muntari        3

QNB Stars League first phase

Week

Home team

Away team

Score

1

Al Gharafa

Al Ahli

1-1

2

Al Khor

Al Ahli

2-0

3

Al Ahli

Umm Salal

0-2

4

Al Duhail

Al Ahli

6-1

5

Qatar SC

Al Ahli

0-3

6

Al Ahli

Al Arabi

2-2

7

Al Ahli

Al Sadd

1-2

8

Al Markhiya

Al Ahli

0-1

9

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Ahli

1-0

10

Al Sailiya

Al Ahli

1-2

11

Al Ahli

Al Rayyan

2-0

 

QNB Stars League second phase

Week

Home team

Away team

Score

12

Al Ahli

Al Gharafa

1-2

13

Al Ahli

Al Khor

2-2

14

Umm Salal

Al Ahli

1-1

15

Al Ahli

Al Duhail

0-4

16

Al Arabi

Al Ahli

0-4

17

Al Ahli

Qatar SC

0-1

18

Al Sadd

Al Ahli

5-0

19

Al Ahli

Al Kharaitiyat

3-2

20

Al Ahli

Al Markhiya

0-2

21

Al Ahli

Al Sailiya

0-3

22

Al Rayyan

Al Ahli

4-1