ON HIS second visit to Qatar after more than two decades, Ahmed Al Ajlani saw plenty of positive changes in the country. And the Tunisian coach wants to contribute his own share by making Al Kharaitiyat a fighting unit.
Al Ajlani replaced Amar Osim, who left the Thunders following their 0-2 loss to Umm Salal in the sixth round of the Qatar Stars League (QSL). The Bosnian was in charge of the club for nearly two years, but with results not coming and four teams set to be relegated this season, the management thought a change was necessary. Their latest defeat pushed them to 12th in the 14-team table.
“I’m asking for six months. I’m confident of making Kharaitiyat a fighting unit,” Al Ajlani told Doha Stadium Plus in an exclusive interview.
Kharaitiyat, who have been in and out of the premier division for long, are a regular presence in the QSL since 2008-09. They finished sixth the following season, but have ended up in the lower half of the table since then. They managed to avoid relegation last time only on goal difference after tying with Qatar Sports Club on points. The Kharaitiyat management changed nine players, including three foreigners, but the team has found the going tough.
“It isn’t easy to take charge of any club a few weeks after the league has begun. The results may not be favourable, player’s confidence level will be low and the new coach has to straightaway deliver despite not being familiar with most of the things.
“I heard that five coaches have lost their jobs since the start of the season. It isn’t the right thing to do because I believe a club should’ve the right atmosphere and bonding to produce results. But then, clubs can only change coaches when results go wrong as players can’t be removed and administrators won’t leave.
“That’s why I landed the job here and I know my responsibility. The management has been so good to me since my arrival and I want to give my best to Kharaitiyat,” said the 56-year-old.
“I had a look at the players. I’m happy with their attitude as they want to give their all. It’s the most important thing. But we need the support of everybody at the club.
“Our target is simple. We want to score more and avoid silly mistakes which result in conceding goals. I’m optimistic. I want to become the best coach the club has seen,” said Al Ajlani, who last managed Moroccan side OC Khouibga.