Al Sadd, Duhail eye Jassim Cup glory

DOHA: Al Sadd and Duhail, football giants in Qatar, will be
looking to underline their intentions in the season’s opening
event – the Sheikh Jassim Cup – on Saturday.

Djamal Belmadi, Duhail’s head coach, said his team are ready
for the new football season that kicks off with a one-final.

“We may have lost a number of players to national duty the
last few days but we are ready for this game,” Belmadi said
at a press conference.

“We will do our best on the pitch,” he said. “It won’t be easy as
we are playing the top side in Qatar. Both sides are looking for
the trophy,” he said.

“I know it won’t be an easy season. It will be a hard and long
season. Me and my players know we seek positive results,” he

Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira said: “It’s been four months
since our last official game. It’s a new start.”

He added: “It will not be easy. We have worked hard in the
off-season but many of our players were with the national

“Duhail are a strong side and we expect a tough fight. Nobody
can predict the outcome. We will make every effort to win

The match will be played at Duhail’s home soil Abdullah Bin
Khalifa Stadium.

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