Al Arabi hold NK Dravograd in pre-season friendly


QNB Stars League side Al Arabi on Monday played a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly against Slovenian side NK Dravograd. 


In what was the first friendly ahead of the new season, Al Arabi fielded goalkeeper Masood Zari, Yaseen Yaqoob, Mohamed Essam, Abdrabo, Fares Dahbour, Abdullah Marafi, Diego Jardel, Mileson, Mohamed Salah El Nile, Tariq Hamed and Mohamed Salem.


After finishing the first half with a goal's deficit, Al Arabi produced the equalizer in the second when Jardel found the net in the 65th minute.


Jasser Yahia, Barakat Jaafar, Ahmed Al-Nahawi, Omar Muharram, Abdulrahman Waleed, Yaqoob Madani and goalkeeper Loay Ashour were brought in the second half as coach Luka Bonacic opted to give every player on the bench a run. 


Meanwhile Al Arabi is getting ready to sign Colombian striker Franco Arizala. The 32-year-old is set to join Al Arabi during their pre-season training camp in Slovenia.


Coach Bonacic is currently working on his starting line-up at the pre-season training camp. With the inclusion of Arizala, Al Arabi will play a few more pre-season friendlies in Slovenia before returning to Doha on July 22.


The new QNB Stars League begins on August 4.