Doha: Baghdad Bounedjah scored a hat-trick as Al Sadd punished Al Kharaitiyat 6-0 in their opening match at the Qatar Stars League here on Sunday evening.
Akram Afif, who opened the floodgates, scored in the eighth minute and 89th minutes respectively while Abrahman Mahamet netted an own-goal to complete the rout.
“It was a good game and a big win. We’re happy with the fighting spirit of our players in their first league game,” said Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira.
Sadd didn’t really had to sweat for the goals as Kharaitiyat back-line had a woeful start to the new season. Interestingly, all the goals were scored from the left with Bounedjah and Afif proved quite a handful for the opponents.
“I think Kharaitiyat succumbed to the pressure which we created after our first goal,” added Ferreira.
Bounedjah started off from where he had left last season when he emerged as one of the top strikers in the tournament.
The 26-year-old converted from the spot for his first goal in the match in 59th and then added in the 83rd and second-half stoppage time.
If the Algerian continues with the same intensity and, of course, keep himself injury free, Sadd can gain a lot.
“He’s very good and we all hope he continues to score for the team,” said Ferreira.
Sadd next play Al Arabi and, the Portuguese hoped the team will maintain the same performance.
“The fighting spirit and good performance will continue in the next game. We’ll be strong against the teams. We wants to send a clear message that we are ready for the league,” added Ferreira.