QNB Stars League Week 22 Pre-Match Press Conference — Umm Salal


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Umm Salal coach Talal El Karkouri spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 22 match against Al Markhiya.

“We played a friendly match against Qatar SC during the break and gave opportunity to all players, especially youngsters, so that the entire squad is ready to take on Al Markhiya in this important fixture. I have prepared my boys in a good way.

“We are at the end of the season and we gave special focus on the players’ fitness levels, so they stay in good shape till the very end. That is very important.

“Against Al Markhiya, we have to play well and then wait for the result of the match between Al Gharafa and Qatar SC to see whether we will finish in the fourth position in standings. Playing in the Qatar Cup is the bonus. That is the target of the entire squad, and not just mine.

“We will miss Alawi, but I hope all other players are ready for the game. We had given the players a week’s rest after the last round and before we continued our preparations.

“In a league competition, sometimes big teams can lose to lower sides. We never expected Al Gharafa to lose in the last round,” said Talal.