Al Sadd Arrive to Warm Welcome in Uzbekistan Ahead of AFC Champions League Clash

Al Sadd Arrive to Warm Welcome in Uzbekistan Ahead of AFC Champions League Clash
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Published March 4th, 2018 - 16:52 GMT via

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Al Sadd team
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Al Sadd football team delegation arrived to a warm welcome at the Qarshi Airport, Uzbekistan, ahead of their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League on Saturday. The team had flown from Doha in a chartered jet.

The two-time Asian champions will face Nasaf on Matchday Three of the AFC Champions League fixture at the Qarshi Central Stadium on Monday.

The players were welcomed with bouquets amid a tune of the city's music by a band much to the admiration of the Wolves.
Al Sadd General Manager Turki al Ali led the delegation and was accompanied by Sporting Director Mohammed Gholam al Baloushi, Media Officer Ahmed al Ansari and first team manager Abdullah al Breik.

Head coach Jesualdo Ferreira led the coaching staff, which consists of assistant coach Nuno Migue and fitness coach Jose Pedro. The team left with 19 players excluding captain Xavi Hernandez, who has been ruled out for three weeks due to a back muscle injury suffered during the 3-4 loss to Al Duhail in the QNB Stars League on Thursday.

Xavi played only in the first half of the crucial game. The Spanish star underwent a test on Friday under the supervision of the club's medical team and a tear on his back muscle was confirmed.

Al Sadd are currently lead Group C in AFC Champions League with two wins from two games, having defeated Al Wasl 2-1 and Persepolis 3-1.

The team held their last training in Doha Saturday, before leaving for Hamad International Airport at 4pm to fly to Qarshi.
According to the club's website, the team will only hold a single training session before the match on Sunday from 4.30pm local time.

The 19-member squad: Saad al Dosari, Meshaal Barsham, Abdelkarim Hassan, Morteza Pouraliganji, Baghdad Bounedjah, Pedro Miguel, Ahmed Sohail, Hassan al Haydos, Ali Asad, Akram Afif, Salem al Hajri, Hassan Ahmed, Ahmed Sayyar, Musab Kheder, Jugurtha Hamroun, Hamed Ismail, Yasser Abubakar, Ali Ferydoon, Jehad Mohammed.

By Ikoli Victor

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