Al Arabi coach Younes Ali affirmed that his team’s preparations are going on well and they are ready to face Umm Salal tomorrow, adding they are looking forward to achieving victory and reaching the final.

Speaking ahead of their 2022-2023 season Ooredoo Cup semifinal against Umm Salal, Younes said: “Umm Salal are an organized team which includes distinguished players and also seeks to win and reach the final. While Al Arabi will have absences with some of our international players joining their national teams and some players nursing injuries, we have a wonderful group of players and are ready for the next match.

“Qualifying for the final requires full concentration and throughout the 90 minutes as these are knockout matches where a loss means exit. Whoever is more focused will achieve victory and make it to the final.

“We think about each match separately and Ooredoo Cup games are different from the league. We will strive to reach the final, but we have a difficult competitor and we will need to do our best to win,” said Younes.

For his part, Umm Salal coach Talal El Karkouri said: “The match will be strong and difficult, because the opponents are a team with great potential in addition to the availability of the best foreign and local professionals, as well as distinguished substitutes.

“It will be a big match because each team seeks to win, reach the final and win the cup. There’s no room for mistakes and the team that is better, more focused, exploits opportunities and makes fewer mistakes will win.

“We must play the match with great focus and we will work to take advantage of all opportunities to translate it into our favor. We will also develop the appropriate squad and plan with which we will face The Dream Team.

“All the players of the team realize the importance of the match, in addition to their desire to win and reach the final, because it is a good opportunity, and we must enter with strength and focus in order to achieve what is required and reach the final,” said El Karkouri.

Source: Qatar News Agency