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We’re building a team for future, says Hallgrimsson

DOHA: For the first time in recent editions, Al Arabi find themselves at the top of the Qatar Stars League, but even their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is aware of the challenges to maintain the consistency in the tournament.

However, the former Icelandic national coach exuded confidence and hope his side will bag three points against minnows Al Shahania in the fourth round on Thursday.

“Our goal is three points. We’re targeting a top position in the standings. We’re building a team for the future and that’s one of my priorities. It’ll be a great feeling if we finish among the top four,” said Hallgrimsson.

Arabi, who last won the league shield in 1997, are undefeated so far with two wins and a draw. Even the club management and their fans are hoping for a revival of their fortune in Qatar’s premier club competition.

“It’s mostly about determination as every game is a test for us. The mentality of the players and ambition are also important. If we suffer a setback, we must come back strongly,” he added.

On Khalfan Ibrahim’s retirement, the 52-year-old, who led his country at the FIFA World Cup in Russia last year, said, “It was his decision and we respect it. We wished he stayed with us and hoped he would go back on his decision.”

Hallgrimsson’s counterpart at Jose Murcia will have his task cut out as his side are sitting at the bottom of the 12-team competition. Shahania are winless, and another further setback would put them in a spot of bother.

“We’ve tried to iron out the flaws and hope to get a positive result from this game. But to achieve that goal, we must’ve a strong determination,” said the Spaniard.

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