CHASING GLORY

CHASING GLORY

AL SADD are in the process of building a squad strong enough to regain the Qatar Stars League title which they last won four seasons ago under Moroccan Housseine Amouta. 

Sadd had failed to win a single trophy last year and the signing of Algerian attacking midfielder Jugurtha Hamroun from Romania’s Steaua Bucharest on a one-year loan deal last week seemed to be a positive step.

“Our strategy is to bring in experienced players. We’ve been chasing him for some time. He’s very experienced and I hope it’ll help us,” said Sadd’s Football Head Mohammed Ghanem Al A’ali. “We always seek the best. Our goal is to keep moving forward.”

Sadd, coached by Portuguese Jesualdo Ferreira, finished third in league last season while they lost to El Jaish in the Qatar Cup semifinal and Lekhwiya in the Emir’s Cup final.

“Hamroun will be a great addition to the side. He had so many achievements. His presence will bolster the squad,” said club CEO Turki Al Ali.

Hamroun’s compatriot Baghdad Bounedjah, Iranian defender Morteza Pouraliganji and Spanish midfield maestro Xavi Hernandez are their other overseas players.

Sparta Prague had also showed interest in Hamroun, but their talks failed and Sadd signed the agreement with the 27-year-old. 

Sadd had earlier released former Portsmouth winger Nadir Belhadj, who spent six seasons at the club, while Pouraliganji replaced ageing South Korean defender Lee Jung-Soo, signed from Kashima Antlers in 2010.

Brazilian striker Muriqui did not live up to the expectations and was released to make way for 24-year-old Baghdad, whom Sadd had loaned out to Tunisian side Etoile Sportive du Sahel after securing his signature last season. 

Sadd, who will face Al Kharaitiyat on September 16, had strengthened their defence in February when they roped in naturalised centre-back Pedro Miguel on loan from Umm Salal. DSP

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