Week 12 Pre-Match Press Conference — Umm Salal


Umm Salal coach Mahmoud Jaber spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 12 match against Al Kharaitiyat.

“We are excited about the start of the second phase of QNB Stars League and we are eager to make a strong start as we did in the first phase. However, we are sad that we dropped some points unnecessarily towards the end of it and went out of the top-four bracket.
“We are also keen to close the gap with the top three sides Al Duhail, Al Sadd and Al Rayyan, and also displace Al Sailiya from the fourth position.

“During the break, we gave chances to some of our youngsters in the QSL Cup. I hope my wards are now game for the challenges in the remaining part of the season.

“But then, we were not the only side who dropped points. Even top teams dropped points at some stage. We worked more on the psychological aspects of the players during the break even though they are tough mentally.

“We felt the need of a playmaker who can double as attacking midfielder. That is why we have signed Tunisian Oussama Darragi, who has rich experience,” said Mahmoud.