Al Ahli vow to bounce back

January 17, 2014 - 7:43:57 am

Former Manchester United player, Dwight Yorke poses with the English Premier League trophy during the reception at Sharq Village and Spa in Doha yesterday. Qatar is one of the destination for the United Trophy Tour which will visit 31 destinations in 25 countries in the coming months. Yorke, the former Trinidad and Tobago international, also played for Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney, Sunderland and Tobago United at the club level. Picture by: Shaival Dalal

Doha: Lekhwiya coach Eric Gerets says his side have no intention of relinquishing the top spot in the Qatar Stars League.

The Belgian coach guided his team to the summit of the league following a 2-1 win over Eljaish in midweek clash and take on Al Kharaitiyat today in the round 15 match.

“We want to mantain our leadership, there is no question of that,” Gerets said.

“We know this game will be difficult but that’s not going to stop us trying to be consistent and pick up another win.

“We’re happy that we’ve got some sort of rhythm going now and we want to keep it that way,” he added.

Al Kharaitiyat coach Bertrand Marchand main concern was to gain full points.

“We are playing the league leaders but that can’t distract from the job we are trying to do here. We’ve had a good victory in our last game and it’s important for us to build on that. We know Lekhwiya are a good team but while we show them respect we cannot be afraid of them,” Marchand said.

Meanwhile, Umm Salal coach Bulent Uygun hopes to pile the misery on Eljaish following their decision to terminate the contract of coach Razvan Lucescu. 

The Turkish coach is only interested in the resurgence of his own side as they look to climb the table with another victory. 

The management of Jaish decided to part company with Romanian coach Lucescu following a poor run that saw them lose fives games in-a-row. 

“Our players are in good condition and full of confidence following our win over Muaither. We know the problems Eljaish have had but we’re looking to take a good result from this game and continue our good run of form.  Eljaish are in a difficult situation right now but I am sure they will recover from it,” Uygun said.

The Peninsula

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