Doha, Qatar: After years of disappointment, Al Arabi one of the traditional big wigs of Qatar football are showing signs of getting their groove back and Heimir Hallgrimsson is playing a big role in their steady progress.
Arabi put in a strong performance against Al Duhail SC in their last game before the international break and this week they face another tough challenge against Umm salal.
Hallgrimsson said it won’t be an easy game.
“Seven of our players, both Qatari and overseas recruits, were away on national duty during the fortnight-long break. We worked with other players and tried to correct our mistakes in the two games so far,” said Hallgrimsson.
“We respect Umm Salal very much and know that our confrontation with them won’t be easy. They’re a good team and I congratulate their coach (Raul) Kaneda for his work with the team."
Hallgrimsson said the match against Duhail showed how much progress they have made.
“We did well against Al Duhail and that result indicates the progress we’ve made and I hope we put up better performances.
“It’s too early to talk about our title chances. We’re working hard and we know that we still have areas for improvement.
“I’m happy to see Al Arabi fans at matches. I hope it won’t be any different at the Umm Salal game. We count on their continued support.
“We’re still trying to build a team for the future and we have a lot more work to do. We’ll fight for every point,” said Hallgrimsson.
In other matches, Al Khor play Al Ahli, Al Duhail lock horns with Al Rayyan, Al Shahania take on Al Wakrah and Qatar SC meet Al Gharafa.
Leaders Al Sadd’s match against Al Sailiya is postponed to September 24 as the Wolves have an AFC Champions League quarterfinal second leg match lined up against Al Nassr on September 16.