Al Gharafa to start afresh with training camp in Germany
DOHA: Former Qatar Stars League (QSL) champions Al Gharafa will hold a
three-week training camp in Germany before switching their attention
to reclaiming lost glory, a top club official said.
Saud Fateh, Team Director of Al Gharafa, said the Cheetahs will be in
Germany from July 31 to August 23.
With new coach Péricles Chamusca leading the way, Al Gharafa will look
to a fresh start when the new QSL season kicks-off in September this
Last week club officials confirmed Al Gharafa have decided to increase
the number of friendly matches to be played during the team’s training
camp in Germany to six games, instead of the original four.
Four out of the six matches have been scheduled already and will take
place on August 12, 15, 19 and 22.
Al Gharafa’s overseas training camp will commence on July 31 but the
squad will meet on July 5 to carry out light training and prepare for
the trip to Europe.
“We have set things in motion by getting a new coach and finalizing
the contracts,” Fateh said in an interview.
“The club management headed by Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani is
making every effort to strengthen the team with quality players like
Congolese striker (Alain) Dioko, QSL’s top scorer in the last two
seasons,” Fateh added.
“We hope he performs in similar fashion with Al Gharafa now,” Fateh added.
“I hope we have will take care of the errors made in the last season,”
“Also, we hope we won’t be affected by injuries that cost us points
last season,” Fateh said. “Injuries to key players was a major concern
for us,” he added.
“Our new coach will arrive in Doha at the beginning of July and we
will assemble for our first training sessions around mid-July,” he