Doha: Al Duhail SC coach Djamel Belmadi was all praise for Bassam Hisham after the Qatar Under-23 player capped his stupendous performance with a stunning long-range goal in a 4-2 victory against Al Sadd on Friday.
Bassam, who is a defender, was used as a defensive midfielder by Belmadi after Karim Boudiaf suffered an injury, and the baby-faced player grabbed his opportunity with both hands.
“I'm not surprised by the level of the young players like Almoez (Ali) and Bassam (Hisham), who played very well. He is a defender, but I changed his position to the middle and managed to succeed in the experiment. I hope it will continue in the next games,” said Belmadi at the post-match press conference.
“Everyone was talking before the season. I was tempted to change the positions of Ismail Mohammed and Ali Afif. Everyone talked about the problems that could result from this, but everyone saw them now and watched their hard performance,” said the Algerian. “We came to Al Sadd to get the three points and we achieved the deserved victory.”
Meanwhile, Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira said the absence of players such as Pedro made it difficult for the Wolves who also lost Baghdad Bounedjah to an injury in the first half.
“The game was difficult for us because of the absence of some players. Many of the players are injured and tired, which made it tough for us. I’m very sad because Bounedjah had suffered a similar injury in the Super Cup final,” said Ferreira.
The Portuguese coach, however, stressed that Sadd are not shaken by the loss. “The league is still a long one, and we will face Duhail again in the second section and I hope that my team will be complete to avenge this loss."