Al Arabi… Roller-coaster ride in QNB Stars League


Al Arabi are looking forward to make the most of the remaining seven rounds of 2018-19 season QNB Stars League, so they can achieve a creditable finish and probably the fourth place that will guarantee them a berth in the elite Qatar Cup.

Al Arabi are currently sixth with 21 points after 15 rounds of action before the QNB Stars League was stopped. The tournament will resume after the Asian Cup in the UAE from 5th January to 1st February.

The Dream Team have seven wins to their credit even as they lost eight games. They have a goal difference of -10, having scored 17 goals and conceded 27.

Al Arabi had a roller-coaster ride right from the beginning. They managed to end their campaign before the break with a 3-0 victory over Umm Salal in Week 15, thus giving themselves hope of a fourth-place finish. They are only six points adrift of fourth-placed Al Rayyan.

Al Arabi are being guided by their Under-23 team coach Tunisian Hatem Al Moaddeb, who had replaced Croat Luka Bonacic.

The squad added a lot of new players at the start of this season, both foreign and nationals. They roped in Colombian Franco Hurtado, Brazilian Mailson Farias and Iraqi Ahmed Ibrahim as overseas professionals, while only Brazilian midfielder Diego Jardel stayed with the squad.

The most notable among Qatari recruits was Mohammed Salah El Neel, who played in relegated side Al Markhiya last season.

Al Arabi, for sure, will leave no stone unturned in the remaining seven games in their bid to fulfil their goals and go up the ladder in the QNB Stars League table.

For that, they need to approach each match as a knockout game. Their remaining fixtures are against Al Duhail, Al Sailiya, Al Rayyan, Al Ahli, Al Gharafa, Al Shahania and Qatar SC.