‘Talal can help us achieve our target’

QNB Stars League team Umm Salal’s new coach Talal El Karkouri got down to business by readying the players, in the presence of the club’s president Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani, ahead of their Week 16 game against Al Khor on 9th February.

Umm Salal, fifth with 21 points, had parted ways with Egyptian coach Mahmoud Jaber by mutual consent following their goalless draw with Al Arabi last week and handed over the reins to former Morocco defender El Karkouri, who is familiar with Qatar football having played for Qatar SC and Umm Salal.

Umm Salal Sports Club Vice-President Sheikh Tamim bin Mohammed Al Thani, who is also their Football Head, said, “Talal El Karkouri knows a lot about Umm Salal and we are very confident he’ll help us achieve our target of finishing in the top four. After the last match, we decided to go for a change for the good of the team.”

However, El Karkouri will have a tough task on hand as the competition in the middle is as fierce as that on top and at bottom.

Sheikh Tamim thanked Mahmoud for all the efforts he had made with the team since the middle of last season and wish him success in his future endeavours.