Fans’ presence will motivate us more: Al Arabi coach Bonacic


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Al Arabi coach Luka Bonacic spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 5 game against Al Rayyan.

“We have been in great form. We registered three victories as well. We are in the fourth position also. Of course, the break was not good for us as we were maintaining a good momentum. But we have to honour FIFA commitments.

“We were training without two main players (Qatar international Ahmed Fathy and Iraq’s Ahmed Ibrahim). It is good that they came back without any injury.

“After the big defeat to Al Sadd in the second round, we showed remarkable improvement and that has reflected on our performances. I am expecting a good game against Al Rayyan. I wish my boys will go out and bring out their best.

“In the QSL Cup held during the break, we played without four or five players. But then, our team is about 18 players and not 11. I can say that whoever we field against Al Rayyan, they will fight for us. They will give their 100 per cent.

“This game is special from the fans’ point of view also. Our fans are something special. I have been experiencing that ever since I took over Al Arabi. It’s good that we play for them. But playing against Al Rayyan is the greatest motivation for our players,” said Bonacic.