Rejuvenated Al Ahli eye break into top-4
: Al Ahli, a side known for its feisty battles with rivals, will be aiming to finish in the top-four in the new QNB Stars League season.
Al Ahli's fresh bid to make a positive impression in the league has been the result of the poor performances last season when the club finished 9th in the standings with a tally of just 22 points.
Constant changes in the coaching role haven't helped but Al Ahli are hoping Czech Milan Macala will be the man to set the tone for the new season that kicks off in a few weeks.
Joaquin Caparos started the last season as coach but quit for personal reasons in December last year. Al Ahli then roped in youth coach Jorge who was later succeeded by Youssef Ahmed Khalifa.
After the edgy campaign last season, Al Ahli quickly set about ringing changes for the new season. The team management brought back experienced coach Macala who at 75 is the oldest member to be managing a team in QNB Stars League.
A few years ago it was Macala who guided the team when they were playing in the Second Division and helped them win promotion to the QNB Stars League.
In his first QNB Stars League season, Macala helped the side finish fifth in 2015 and sixth the following year.
Al Ahli is clearly counting on the experience of Macala to turbo charge the team's campaign in the new season.
With an impressive roster of overseas players like Moroccan Mohsen Metwalli, Iranian Omid Ibrahimi and Dutch star Nigel de Jong, Al Ahli set to fire in a big way.
Qatar players Abdul Rahman Mohammed, Ali Fareeuddin, Mohammed Tresoor, Magid Mohammed and Ali Qadri will add impetus to Al Ahli's charge in the new season.
Al Ahli are set to leave for Salalah, Oman, on July 17 following training sessions in Doha. Al Ahli will be based in Oman for their pre-season training camp until July 24. The team will play a couple of friendlies also during this period.
Al Ahli open the season against Al Rayyan on August 5 at the Khalifa International Stadium.