Al-Markhiya will be the guest of Al-Gharrafa Club at Thani Bin Jassim Stadium, starting at nine o’clock and 45 minutes in the evening, as part of the confrontations of the second day of the eighteenth round of the QNB Stars League. Both teams are looking forward to achieving victory in this confrontation in order to improve their position in the standings table, as Al-Gharafa, who is in fifth place with 26 points, hopes to continue its positive results under the leadership of its Portuguese coach Pedro Martinez in order to return to the golden square with the league entering the final and decisive juncture, while it is still Al-Markhiya, who is in eighth place with 18 points, is among the clubs at risk of relegation, which reinforces the aspirations of the children of Al-Hazm to return to the path of victories that stopped since the thirteenth round in order to permanently move away from the danger zones and join the warm region. Abdullah Mubarak: Match Cups Abdullah Mubarak, the coach of Al Markhiya, confirmed that the technical staff worked to raise the level of physical fitness and the technical tactics of the match, and said "Al-Markhiya will play these matches as if they were cup matches, and each match has its own importance and accounts". As for the reflection of the reserve league title on the first team, Abdullah Mubarak said that he blesses this achievement for the club’s management and for the coaches Badr Al-Maimani and Sultan Al-Musaifri, indicating that this title confirms that there is a great work by the administration, the technical staff and the administrative staff, indicating that this achievement is the result of good preparation. Since the beginning of the season, the club has worked on preparing more than 25 players for the first and reserve teams, and there is no doubt that this achievement reflects positively on the first team. Pedro Martinez: We are required to be careful and focus The Portuguese coach, Pedro Martinez, confirmed that all the players are in good technical condition, indicating that there is a noticeable improvement in the players’ performance, especially since the players are fighting and competing with each other in order to play. Regarding Al-Markhiya, he said, “Al-Markhiya has a good team, but Al-Gharafa must show why we are in this position, and we still have five matches ahead of us, and we must win this match, and I know that this will be difficult, and there is no easy match in our league, and we have to be patient in this type of match And I know that they will step back as a group and play on the rebounds, so we have to be careful and focus because they are strong in this aspect.” Hisham Kamal: We studied the opponent well. Hisham Kamal, the player of Al-Markhiya, confirmed that the team’s preparation was good, and all the players are fully prepared to play the match. He said:" Al-Gharafa is a big team and we respect it a lot, as it includes distinguished players and professionals at a high level, and we studied it well, and our team is fully prepared for the match". He pointed out that the loss in the last match against Al-Rayyan will motivate the team to compensate and achieve victories in the remaining six matches of Al-Markhiya in the league, which his team will play as if it were cup final matches. Abdullah Al-Saei: We must adhere to the coach’s directives. Al-Gharafa player Abdullah Al-Saei spoke about the Panthers’ preparations for the next match against Al-Markhiya, saying: “Our preparations are good, like all previous matches, and we played a friendly match with the Korean national team, and we benefited from it.” Al-Sa’i praised Al-Markhiya Club, describing it as an organized team that has good players, citizens and professionals, but the important thing is for our players to focus and implement the coach’s directives, and God willing, we will achieve victory with the three points.
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