MARKHIYA Sports Club emerged as the Qatargas League (Second Division) champions with a match to spare, thus winning promotion to the premier division next season.
It would be the club’s second spell in the Qatar Stars League (QSL) after the 2002-03 season.
In a crucial match last week, Markhiya held former champions Qatar Sports Club goalless, thus increasing their tally to 46 and taking an unassailable four-point lead at the top.
Qatar SC, assured of a second-place finish after drawing five clear of third-placed Mesaimeer, will now play off with the QSL’s 11th-place finishers as they look to get back to the top flight.
Three more rounds are to be played in the QSL, which will resume on April 1.