Doha: Al Gharafa forward Ahmed Alaaeldin said their QSL Cup truimph would inspire them to a better performance in the second phase of the QNB Stars League.
Gharafa, who made a number of changes during the close season in hope of reviving their fortunes, were totally disappointing in terms of results although they managed to put up some battling performances.
With just 11 points from 11 games, Gharafa, who had handed the coaching reins to Frenchman Jean Fernandez, are seventh in the table, but their performance in the QSL Cup is sure to give them heart when the league restarts in January.
"I'm very happy with our performance not just in the final, but throughout this tournament," said Alaaeldin, who was undoubtedly Gharafa's best player on the pitch on Tuesday.
"I thank our fans for the support and want to assure them that we will put up a strong performance in the second phase of the QSL. I'm sure this performance will inspire us to do well."
With his powerful runs through the middle Alaaeldin was a constant thorn in the Rayyan flesh and besides scoring the crucial third goal, he had a big hand in Gharafa's first two, scored by captain Luis Jimenez and young forward Amro Seraj.