Key roles for keepers Saad, Omar


The Qatar Clasico between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd on Thursday, 8th February, in Week 16 of the QNB Stars League, will bring to the fore many sub-plots. One of them is the battle between Al Sadd goalkeeper Saad Al Dossari and his Al Rayyan counterpart Omar Barry.

Goalkeepers are the last line of defence, so they have crucial roles to play, especially in crunch matches.  

Both Saad and Omar have many things in common. They are tall and the good reach has been helping them perform their duties quite efficiently.

Saad, 27, and Omar, 31, have both represented Qatar and they have been with their teams since 2008, in a rare coincidence.

Saad is a one-club keeper, while Omar had played for the now-defunct El Jaish in the 2007-2008 season.

More importantly, Saad is having an outstanding season as Al Sadd have conceded the least number of goals (16) among all 12 teams in the QNB Stars League so far this season. Al Duhail come next (19), while Al Rayyan have 23 goals against.

Naturally, Al Sadd have a goal difference of +27 compared to Al Rayyan’s +17. 

Omar is sure to find it hard against the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Jugurtha Hamroun, Hassan Al Haidous and Ali Asad even if injured Algerian ace Baghdad Bounedjah does not take the field for Al Sadd.

At the same time, Saad will be at the receiving end if Abderrazaq Hamdallah, Rodrigo Tabata, Sebastian Soria and Mohsen Moutaouli have their way.

Al Rayyan had won this season’s first-phase Qatar Clasico 2-1, with Hamdallah and Koh Myong-Jin scoring their goals. Bounedjah gave Al Sadd’s reply.

Al Sadd are second with 37 points, two behind leaders Al Duhail and as many more than Al Rayyan.