Al Kharaitiyat — QNB Stars League 2017-18 season


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Al Kharaitiyat managed to retain their position in the QNB Stars League after beating Al Wakrah in play-off between the 11th-placed side in the First Division and runners-up in Second Division.

After the conclusion of Week 21 action, Al Kharaitiyat had secured a 50-50 chance of staying in the QNB Stars League with a 3-2 win over Qatar SC, thereby earning the play-off spot with Al Wakrah.

Al Shahania had already qualified for the top flight as Second Division champions.

Al Kharaitiyat ended their QNB Stars League campaign with 16 points from four victories, as many draws and 14 defeats. They scored 29 goals and received 62 to have the worst record of goals conceded (-33) among all teams.

It may be recalled that The Thunders had finished the first phase in 10th position with nine points and that showed their performance graph had slightly been on the decline.

Looking back at Al Kharaitiyat’s league campaign this season, the club management, headed by Sheikh Khalifa bin Thamer Al Thani, again showed confidence in Qatari players such as Mohamed Abdulrab, Abdulla Al Anzi, Abdulrahman Mussabah, Abdelaziz Al Ansari and Mahmoud Saad.

They signed Ivorian professional Josue Mohey, replacing Brazilian Domingos, while retaining Moroccans Anwar Diba and Rachid Tiberkanine as well as Uzbek Sanjar Tursunov.

Tunisian coach Ahmed Al Ajlani too continued from the previous season. However, things did not go well with the technical staff. There were many negative results and the team could not collect many points.

The club management decided to replace Al Ajlani with Syrian Yasser Sebaei in a bid to save the team from relegation.

It was quite clear that Al Kharaitiyat were let down by defence, which was their forte. In the process, they also suffered big-margin defeats, the prominent being 2-8 loss to Al Duhail in the first phase and then 0-5 to the same opponents and 1-9 to Al Sadd in the second phase.

Despite the setbacks, a number of players, mainly Tiberkanine and Diba, kept performing well for them.

There is no doubt Al Kharaitiyat did not have a good season even though they just managed to stay in the top flight.

Coach

Al Kharaitiyat were coached by Tunisian Ahmad Al Ajlani and then Syrian Yasser Sebaei.

Al Ajlani continued from the previous season. However, things did not go well with the technical staff. There were many negative results and the team could not collect many points.

It was then that The Thunders turned to Yasser, who was already working with the club.

Top scorers

  1. Rachid Tiberkanine            13
  2. Anwar Diba  4
  3. Mahmood Saad & Josue Mohy  3

 

QNB Stars League first phase

Week

Home team

Away team

Score

1

Umm Salal

Al Kharaitiyat

3-1

2

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Rayyan

1-3

3

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Khor

1-1

4

Al Sailiya

Al Kharaitiyat

2-1

5

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Gharafa

4-1

6

Al Markhiya

Al Kharaitiyat

0-0

7

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Arabi

1-1

8

Al Duhail

Al Kharaitiyat

8-2

9

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Ahli

1-0

10

Qatar SC

Al Kharaitiyat

3-2

11

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Sadd

0-4

 

QNB Stars League second phase

Week

Home team

Away team

Score

12

Al Kharaitiyat

Umm Salal

1-3

13

Al Rayyan

Al Kharaitiyat

4-2

14

Al Khor

Al Kharaitiyat

2-0

15

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Sailiya

2-2

16

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Markhiya

3-2

17

Al Gharafa

Al Kharaitiyat

2-0

18

Al Arabi

Al Kharaitiyat

2-1

19

Al Ahli

Al Kharaitiyat

3-2

20

Al Kharaitiyat

Al Duhail

0-5

21

Al Kharaitiyat

Qatar SC

3-2

22

Al Sadd

Al Kharaitiyat

9-1