Week 12 Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Arabi


Al Arabi coach Luka Bonacic spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 12 match against Al Sailiya.

“We are up against fourth-placed Al Sailiya and we will definitely put up a strong fight. They are a good side and they are fourth in the QNB Stars League standings for no reason. In my view, their ‘best player’ is their coach (Sami) Trabelsi, who works very hard and has been training them for so long.

“During the month-long break, we had intensified our preparations for the second phase, as is the case with all teams. I have noticed that our players’ mentality has changed. 

“When I took charge of the side, I did not have a big pool of players to choose from. I then graduated five/six youth players and, now, we have a good unit. It is important to have a fighting unit.

“Ours is not a team with many top players. We don’t have the budget to make star signings either. So we must always fight. I must admit that some players are still not up to the mark,” said Bonacic.