Qatar Football AssociationNews
23.02.2016 23:27 in :

Al AIN, UAE: After beating Iran’s Naft Tehran in the playoff; Qatar’s

El Jaish will take on United Arab Emirates giants Al Ain in the first

round match inGroup D of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

El Jaish are returning to the AFC Champions League Group Stage for

the first time since 2014 after failing to make it last time out following

a 1-0 play-off defeat to Iran’s Naft Tehran.

But after gaining play-off revenge against the Iranians in a 2-0 win earlier

this month, the Qataris will go into the Group D opener full of hope that

they can making a winning start in their quest to at least match their

tournament best Round of 16 performance in 2013.

“Our task is very hard because we are playing against one of the best

teams in the region, which means we must double our efforts and

concentration if we want to get a positive result,” said coach Sabri

Lamouchi, whose team lost 3-0 to fellow AFC Champions League

side Lekhwiya in their latest league match on Thursday.

“We suffered a big defeat in the local league but this is a different

tournament and it will be a new challenge for the players.

“We will try to play with our own style and produce a good performance

in the match.”