Al Duhail gear up for Zob Ahan test


QNB Stars League leaders Al Duhail are gearing up for their AFC Champions League opener against Iran’s Zob Ahan on Monday.

The players, except injured midfielder Luis Martin, started preparations right after their QNB Stars League Week 16 game against Al Gharafa which they won 5-1 on Thursday.

They were put through their paces by Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi.

It will be the first AFC Champions League campaign for Al Duhail after they were formed by merging El Jaish with Lekhwiya, who had represented Qatar in the tournament regularly since 2012.

The Zob Ahan squad, headed by the club’s president Saeed Azari, reached Doha on Saturday evening.