QSL: Giants Al Rayyan begin final drills for title defence

 26 Aug 2016 - 1:51

QSL: Giants Al Rayyan begin final drills for title defence
Al Wakrah players during their friendly match against Sakarya on the last day of their pre-season camp in Istanbul, Turkey, recently. Al Wakrah won 2-1.  


DOHA: With just over the fortnight left in the new season of eagerly-awaited Qatar Stars League (QSL), reigning champions Al Rayyan  have started giving the final touches to preparations for their title defence.

Al Rayyan who enjoyed a dream comeback to the prestigious league after a year’s gap in 2014, resumed training in Doha following their pre-season training camp in Spain.
Four days ago, Al Rayyan returned from an extensive training camp in Spain. The training camp in Spain lasted for 23 days.
Al Rayyan - coached by Jorge Fossati - are preparing for their season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup clash against Lekhwiya on September 12.
The new season of the QSL will begin on September 15.
During training session under the watchful eyes of coach Fossati, Al Rayyan squad was a picture of absolute concentration.
The only players missing were the ones on national duty, a club official said.
Last season, Al Rayyan swept every side in front of them and won the QSL title with five weeks to spare. Meanwhile, influential player Magid Ibrahim has returned to Al Sadd training as the Doha giants continue their preparation for the new football season.
Al Sadd will play the Qatar national side in a friendly game on Saturday at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, it was announced yesterday.
 Qatar national team is preparing for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Iran on September 1.
Al Sadd face Al Kharaitiyat in their season-opener on September 16 at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.
Al Sadd have cancelled a training camp initially planned in the UAE and will instead continue to train in Doha ahead of the new QSL season.
 Meanwhile, Al Wakrah have wound up their pre-season training camp in Istanbul with a win against a local club.
Al Wakrah beat Sakarya 2-1 in a friendly game on Wednesday.
After conceding an early goal, Al Wakrah’s Maher Yusuf (24) and Uruguayan Paulo Oliveira (34) scored the goals for the QSL side.
Al Wakrah’s coach Jose Mauricio got most of his players match time by rotating the squad members in the friendly. Al Wakrah had assembled a large squad and the coach is expected to prune the side following the team’s return to Doha.
Mohammed Al Sulaiti, Chairman of Al Wakra mission to Turkey, said: “We are satisfied with our preparations. We got to play a few friendlies also. The general mood in the camp is hugely positive. We feel ready for the new season.”


The Peninsula