Doha: QNB Stars League title challengers Al Sadd signed a short-term deal with Akram Afif that will see the Qatari international forward stay with the Emir Cup champions till the end of the season.
Afif, on loan from Villarreal, Spain, will considerably strengthen Sadd as they look to put up a strong challenge in the AFC Champions League as well as domestic competitions.
Akram, who represented Qatar at the recent Asian Under-23 Championship in China, will join the Al Sadd camp in time for their match against Al Rayyan on 8th February.
“I am happy to return to Al-Sadd again. I started out with the U-12 team and advanced through the youth system before reaching the U-17s, after which I moved to Sevilla and then Villarreal in Spain. I then played at Eupen before joining Villarreal, from where I went on loan to Sporting Gijon and Eupen.”
“Now I am back in Al-Sadd but this will be my first time with the first team.”
“Joining Al-Sadd presents a big challenge for me. It’s a huge responsibility and honour for any player and I hope my time here will be successful. I hope I can gain the trust of the coaching staff,” added the young Qatari star.
Al Sadd had also signed Ali Faridoun, Sami Subait, Hamed Ismail and Abdelkarim Hassan during the winter transfer period.