2/6/2019 1:43:47 AM

Al Duhail SC unveil new star signings Benatia and Nakajima

Al Duhail SC unveil new star signings Benatia and Nakajima

Doha, Qatar: QNB Stars League champions Al Duhail oficially unveiled their new players - Japnese forward Shoya Nakajima and Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia on Tuesday.

Duhail, looking to defend their league title and mount a strong challenge in the 2019 AFC Champions League, signed Benatia last week while Nakajima joined from Portuguese club Portimonense on Monday.

Nakajima was named last September's Primeira Liga player of the month following a run of outstanding performances with Portimonense, where he has primarily a left winger and attacking midfielder.

The former FC Tokyo player had been linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Portimonense reportedly rejected a bid from the English Premier League side.

After being left out of the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Nakajima has emerged as one of Japan's next generation of stars under new manager Hajime Moriyasu.

A calf injury forced him to pull out of the squad for the just-concluded AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

Nakajima joined Portimonense on loan from J-League side FC Tokyo in the summer of 2017. He ended his impressive first season with 10 goals and 12 assists in 29 league games. This season, he has scored five goals and six assists in 13 games.

Nakajima, who was a member of the Japan U-23 squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics, has two goals in six international caps for Japan.

Al Duhail are currently second in the Qatari top flight - two points behind Al Sadd - with seven games left in the season.

For the 2019 AFC Champions League, Al Duhail - quarter-finalists last season - are in Group C with Al Hilal from Saudi Arabia, UAE side Al Ain and Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal.

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