Doha: Al Ahli coach Joaquin Caparros believed Qatar’s young players should play in strong teams which can help them gain confidence.
“I saw Qatar’s game against India and Syria in the AFC U23 qualifying tournament last week. They’re improving a lot, but it’s important they play in a strong team. Some of the players are very good, but the most important thing was Qatar played as a strong unit,” Caparros told www.dohastadiumplusqatar.com in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
The Spaniard, who had stints at Sevilla, Villareal, Levante and Osasuna in La Liga, joined Ahli early this month, but he will need to revitalise a side which survived relegation in the Qatar Stars League (QSL) last season.
The 61-year-old is also aware of the challenge that lies ahead.
“The first objective is not QSL, but to build a competitive team. Only then we can focus on the tournament. I thank the club management and President HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Thani for the support. We need encouragement,” he added.
On the Spanish coaches in Qatar, he said, “There’re a lot of good Spanish coaches employed here. This is something positive as they’re quite acclaimed around the world.”
Ahli recently completed their foreign signings last week with the addition of Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza. South Korean international Kim Gwi-Hyeon, who joined from Iran’s Sanat Naft Abadan, and Simao Mate are the others who joined this season. The club have retained striker N’Guessan Yessoh, who spent the second half of the season with Muaither.
Ahli will have their pre-season training camp in Holland from August 2.