Bulent gets down to business


Al Gharafa’s new coach Bulent Uygun started training his wards on Tuesday following his appointment in place of Frenchman Jean Fernandez.

The players are going through their paces in the morning and evening as they gear up for the QNB Stars League’s second phase, starting on 11th January.

Al Gharafa are seventh in the standings after the first phase with only 11 points from two wins, four draws and five defeats. They travel to Al Ahli for their 12th-round match on 12th January. 

The Cheetahs are scheduled to play a friendly against Qatar SC at home on Sunday and Bulent, who had coached Umm Salal during 2013-16, is sure to utilise his first match in charge to try out various combinations before giving a final shape to his strategy.

Meanwhile, Al Gharafa had a closed camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, with many young players, such as Nasser Al Kaabi, Ilyas Ahmed, Mohamed Ismail, Hassan Waleed Bakhit and Mohammed Badi, attending.

However, Yusuf Hassan and Tamim Muhazah, who are with the Qatar Olympic team preparing for the AFC Under-23 Championship in China, were missing.

And Othman Al Yahri as well as Almahdi Ali, who represented Qatar at the Gulf Cup in Kuwait, will soon join the squad.