The coach of Al Wakrah, Kais Ya’e2koubi feels that the Blue Waves must beat Al Khor and win their remaining two matches in the Qatar Stars League to escape relegation.
Whereas, coach of Al Khor, Jean Fernandez, insisted that his team may not salvage the season if they fail to beat Al Wakrah, as reported by Qatar Tribune.
According to the latest Qatar Football Association rules, teams that finish 12th, 13th and 14th place will automatically be relegated, the eleventh place team will go for a play-off against Qatar Sports Club, the second-placed team in the Qatargas League.
Ya’e2koubi, while addressing a press conference stated that the team is in the final games of the season, nine points to play for. It needs to win all of the games now and wait on other results.
It may be mentioned that the Blue Waves have only picked up two wins from 23 matches, their first against Saturday’s opponent Al Khor in mid-December.
Ya’e2koubi further stated that the team first registered a win against Al Khor this season, and thereby it will will keep that victory in mind going into the game on Saturday.
On the other hand, coach Jean Fernandez mentioned that the Al Khor team has prepared well for this match. It has played friendly games which were useful in preparing for the final three games for the season.
He added that the only option for the team is to win.
Meanwhile, Shahania is in desperate need of points to avoid the drop as they face Al Arabi.
Coach Igor ‘8atimac stated that Shahania is still fighting for survival and the team hopes to take its chances in front of goal and improve the defence to get the points.