Al Kharaitiyat, Al Wakrah set for play-off
Sparks are bound to fly when Al Kharaitiyat face Al Wakrah challenge for a place in next season’s QNB Stars League on Saturday, 14th April, at the Al Ahli Stadium. The match will kick off at 18:20.
The play-off is between the 11th-placed team in the QNB Stars League and Second Division runners-up.
Al Kharaitiyat were assured of the 11th spot following their 3-2 victory over Qatar SC in Week 21, while Al Wakrah finished second behind Al Shahania in the Second Division whose champions directly qualify for the QNB Stars League.
Al Kharaitiyat finished their league engagements with 16 points after losing big-time to Al Sadd (1-9) in the last round.
If the play-off tie ends in a draw after regular time, an extra time of 30 minutes (divided into two halves) will be allowed. If the deadlock still continues, it will be decided in tie-breaker.
Al Kharaitiyat, coached by Syrian Yasser Sebaei who replaced Tunisian Ahmed Al Ajlani in the second phase of QNB Stars League, rely mainly on the prowess of their top scorer Rachid Tiberkanine, Anwar Diba and Uzbek Sanjar Tursunov.
Al Wakrah, coached by Spaniard Marquez Lopez, depend heavily on their three professional players —Anthony Passy, Yousva Mbengi and Frances Ibarra. Their Kuwaiti midfielder Sultan Al Anzi played for Al Khor last season.
The Qatar Stars League Management (QSLM) had convened a technical meeting ahead of the game.
The meeting, held at the QSLM headquarters at Al Bidda Tower, was attended by representatives of the two teams and a representative of the referees. A number of matters related to the game’s organisation were discussed.
It was decided that Al Kharaitiyat will play in blue jersey and Al Wakrah in white shirt.
It may be recalled that Al Shahania got relegated to the Second Division last season after losing the play-off to Qatar SC by a lone goal.
To view the press conference for Al Kharaityat, Click here.
To view the press conference for Al Wakrah, Click here.