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Al Rayyan, Police fancied to shine in new season

Close encounters likely, say coaches of Qatar’s top two clubs as action gets underway on Friday.
Al Rayyan And Police
Al Rayyan and Police will be the teams to beat in the 2019-2020 Qatar Volleyball League that gets underway from Friday

In the last three years, teams from the Police and Al Rayyan have broken the stranglehold that Al Arabi had on the Qatar Volleyball League (QVL) since the first edition in 1979-1980.

A whopping 25 titles is no easy task but that is how dominating Al Arabi have been. However, after the 2015-2016 season, when they last won the title, Al Arabi have found the going tough and have been relegated to third with either Police or Al Rayyan claiming top honours.

A new season gets underway at the Al Arabi Sports Club from Friday and judging by the Super Cup match between Al Rayyan and Police, the rest of the teams in the league will once again find the going tough.

Despite that high-quality encounter and their strong performance in the last three seasons, Police coach Damian Arredondo said the teams they are up against, Al Arabi included, would give them a testing time.

“There will be some close contests. Al Rayyan, Al Ahli, Al Gharafa and Al Arabi have good teams. We have to be at our best,” he said.

FRIDAY’S MATCHES

  • Al Rayyan vs Al Sadd- 4pm
  • Police vs Al Gharafa-5.30 pm
  • Venue: Al Arabi SC

Arredondo admitted his team was still coming together as a unit and they had plenty of work to do at the start of the season.

“Our new players have to understand their roles and quickly establish a rapport with the other players. Otherwise it will be a tough task,” he said.
Arredendo had blamed the lack of understanding between the players as the reason for his team’s loss to Al Rayyan in the Super Cup last Saturday.

For their part, Al Rayyan look a confident lot going into the league. The commanding performance against Police in the Super Cup would have surely boosted their morale.

“A win is a great way to start the season and hopefully we can sustain the momentum,” said coach Carlos Eduardo Schwank.

The Brazilian admitted his team had just two weeks to prepare for the season but was happy with what they had achieved in such a short time.

“To beat Police so comprehensively in the Super Cup is not easy. This indicates that the players are ready for the season. We still need to work on a few areas but hopefully, as the season unfolds, we can rectify our flaws,” he said.

A Rayyan kickstart the league against Al Sadd. Police take on Al Gharaf in the second match on the opening day.

ROLL OF HONOUR

  • Al Arabi: 25 Al Rayyan: 9 Qatar SC: 4 Police SC: 2
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