Fighting Qatar SC go down to Al Ahly in final
Young Qatari paddlers put up strong challenge but the Egyptian outfit proves superior
A young Qatar SC outfit fought hard against their more experienced opponents Egypt’s Al Ahly in the final of the Arab Club Table Tennis Championship and narrowly missed out on laying their hands on the trophy.
In Agadir, Morocco on Monday, Qatar SC went down 2-3 handing the Egyptian Club their 20th Arab Club Championship victory.
Al Ahly were the favourites in the title round but Qatar SC were not bogged down by their opponents’ reputation. Veteran Syed Lasheen was surprised by the fight that Qatar SC’s Mohammed Abdul Wahab put up. It was a neck and neck contest and it was only Lasheen’s experience that saw him through in the end. Mohammed had his chances in the match but failed to close out the contest.
- Qatar SC lost to Al Ahly 2-3
- (Qatar names first: Abdul Wahab lost to Syed Lasheen; Jan Xian bt Mohammed Shouman; Ahmed Khaleel Al Mohannadi bt Mohammed El Baily; Jan Xian lost to Syed Lasheen; Mohammed Abdul Wahab lost to Mohammed Shouman)
The second match saw Qatar SC’s Chinese professional Jan Xian pitted against Mohammed Shouman. Shouman came up short against the Qatar player, the latter’s backhand slice and the Egyptian’s own unforced errors at key points in the game paving the way for his defeat. Qatar thus levelled match scores at 1-1.
Ahmed Khaleel Al Mohannadi was up next against Mohammed El Baily. Ahmed had a tough task of putting Qatar ahead. Though he was pushed hard he kept his calm and emerged a winner. It was an impressive fightback from Qatar and thanks to Ahmed’s heroics they were ahead at 2-1.
The reverse singles was next with Jan Xian taking on Syed Lasheen. The Chinese professional, although giving off his best, was outwitted by the more experienced Lasheen and Al Ahly drew level at 2-2.
Qatar’s hopes rested on Wahab’s shoulders in the decider. He was up against Shouman. The Qatar player staged impressive fightbacks despite trailing many times in the match but just could not win the key points and went down.
Qatar finished runner-up for the second year in succession after having won the event in 2017.