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Al Gharafa honour former coach Jean Fernandez.

Al Gharafa Sports Club President Sheikh Jassim bin Thamer al-Thani (left) presents a memento to ex-coach Jean Fernandez.

QNB Stars League side Al Gharafa honoured their former coach Jean Fernandez, who took over The Cheetahs at the start of this season and was replaced by Turk Bulent Uygun recently. Al Gharafa Sports Club President Sheikh Jassim bin Thamer al-Thani presented a memento to the Frenchman, who parted ways with the club by mutual consent, in recognition of his efforts with the team. The most notable among them was the QSL Cup triumph last month when they defeated Al Rayyan in the final to end a long title drought. In the QNB Stars League, Al Gharafa are seventh with only 11 points from two wins, four draws and five defeats. They travel to Al Ahli for their 12th-round match on 12th January. Sheikh Jassim thanked Fernandez for his contributions to the club, especially the grooming of youngsters, and wished him all success in his future endeavours. On his part, Fernandez reciprocated by saying, "It was a pleasure working at Al Gharafa. I'll certainly continue my relationship with the club and will follow them whether I'm in Qatar or not." Al Sailiya go down fighting QNB Stars League side Al Sailiya lost to Tianjin Quanjian 0-1 in a friendly played on Wednesday at the Aspire Zone, where the Chinese team's winter camp is based. Liu Yemenig netted the goal in the 54th minute by sending the ball to the left of goalkeeper Hassan Idris. Al Sailiya's Tunisian coach Sami Trabelsi rotated the players in order to test their physical and technical levels before they embark on the second half of the season. Al Sailiya, fourth in the standings with 19 points after the conclusion of first phase, will host Al Arabi at the Al Ahli Stadium in the QNB Stars League's 12th round on 12th January. The Peregrines had a camp at the Aspire Zone, from 23rd to 29th December, that enhanced the players' performance on physical, technical and mental fronts. Qatar SC lose to Iraq Olympic team Qatar SC went down fighting to the Iraq Olympic team in a friendly match, played as part of their preparations for the second phase of QNB Stars League. The Iraq Olympic team, which is camping in Doha, won the match at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Wednesday by a second-half goal. Qatar SC had also played two friendlies. They were held goalless by Al Khor before their 3-0 victory over Umm Salal. The Kings will face Al Gharafa in another friendly fixture on Sunday. Qatar SC, who are placed 11th with eight points, host Al Duhail in the QNB Stars League's 12th round on 13th January. Qatari coach Abdullah Mubarak is busy shaping up the team for the tough and hectic second phase of the tournament, given that they did not enjoy a good run in the first half of the season, to the dismay of team management and fans.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
Geographic Code:7QATA
Date:Jan 4, 2018
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