Al Arabi unveil Bonacic as new coach


QNB Stars League side Al Arabi appointed Croat Luka Bonacic as successor to sacked Tunisian coach Qais Yaakoubi.

Al Arabi club spokesman Mohamed Al Mansouri announced the decision at a Press conference at the club on Saturday.

“We’re happy to have hired a great coach like Luca Bonacic, who had the desire to take up a new challenge in the QNB Stars League and readily agreed to our offer. We believe he’s the ideal choice for our team. We zeroed in on him because we were racing against time and considered his good stints with Al Ahli and Al Shahaniya in Qatar,” said Al Mansouri.

“The new coach is keen to work hard with the present composition of the team and not to make any changes until the end of the league’s first phase. The technical staff and players will continue to enjoy the full support of team management,” he added.

Bonacic expressed his happiness to be coaching Al Arabi.

“I’m happy with the opportunity I got to coach this team. It’s a big club and I know that the fans’ expectations of the team are high. I’ll utilise all my experience, including that in the region, for my new side and I’ll work hard to help Al Arabi regain some of their lost glory,” said Bonacic.

“I watched many games of Al Arabi and noticed that they weren’t lucky on most occasions. I’ll work hard to enable the players to perform to their potential. I know the mission isn’t easy. It’ll be a special challenge for me and I look forward to success.

“I’ll also work on boosting the players’ confidence. Many new players came to the side this season and they needed time to function as a collective unit. More team spirit should help us achieve better results,” he said.

Al Arabi had fired Yaakoubi, who joined them at the start of this season, following a series of bad results that saw the team in the ninth position with five points after Round 7, where they conceded a last-gasp equaliser against Al Kharaitiyat. They were held by Al Ahli as well in the previous round with a late equaliser.

The Dream Team have won only one match, lost four and tied two.