Doha, Qatar: Jesualdo Ferreira, in his final season at Al Sadd, is leaving with a bang.
The veteran Portuguese coach guided Sadd to the QNB Stars League title in stunning fashion at the beginning the month and has been deservedly adjudged the QNB Stars League’s best coach for the months of March and April 2019.
During this period, Sadd played four matches in the league and won three of them, collecting 10 of the 12 points on offer. They drew one match.
The Wolves’ victories were against Al Sailiya (2-0), Al Ahli (7-2) and Umm Salal (6-1). Al Sadd were held to a 2-2 draw by Al Duhail in Week 20.
The three wins helped Al Sadd stay on top of the standings and they were crowned as the 2018-19 champions following their win over Al Ahli in Week 21. Ferreira’s men took an unassailable lead with one match to spare. They eventually finished with 57 points and scored a whopping 100 goals in the tournament.
During the period, Al Sadd scored 17 goals while conceding five, with 37 shots on target and 19 against it, according to STATS, the official statistics and figures provider for the QNB Stars League.
Ferreira, who had won the best-coach award in August, November/December combined and February too this season, look destined for the coach of the season award.
Ferreira had earlier announced that it would be his last season at the helm of Sadd.
“I will now leave the team at the end of the current season because my contract will end, after a great period spent with one of the best teams in Qatar and Asia. Al-Sadd will always remain in my heart. I want to stay in Qatar because my family is happy to live here,” Ferreira said.
“The team still has a campaign to go through in the Champions League, we want to reach the next stage. We also have three matches in the Emir’s Cup. I want to win this title because I love winning tournaments.”
Akram Afif was named as the league’s best player for the months of March and April.
Afif scored four goals and gave three assists in four matches (Weeks 19, 20, 21 and 22) of QNB Stars League during the period, playing crucial roles in the victories against Al Sailiya (2-0), Al Ahli (7-2) and Umm Salal (6-1). The Wolves played out a 2-2 draw with Al Duhail in Week 20.
The wily striker had bagged the best-player award in the month of February, 2019, as well.
Afif, who was a key member of Qatar’s Asian Cup-winning squad early this year, was also the second-best scorer with 26 goals, a feat he shared with Al Duhail’s Moroccan striker Youssef El Arabi.
Afif’s Sadd team-mate Baghdad Bounedjah (39 goals) topped the list.