Al Duhail SC confirm Mohanad Ali arrival
Doha: AFC Champions League hopefuls Al Duhail SC have confirmed the signing of Iraq international Mohanad Ali from Al Shorta.
Last season’s Qatar Stars League runners-up announced the 19-year-old’s arrival via their social media channels on Monday following protracted negotiations between the Doha-based club and their Iraqi counterparts.
Ali, who starred for his country at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, reportedly rejected interest from European heavyweights Manchester City and Juventus to join Al Duhail who saw Japanese ace Shoya Nakajima leave to join FC Porto earlier this month.
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“I am delighted to have signed for one of the most important sides in Asia,” Ali told his new team’s official website.
“Joining Al Duhail Is a new challenge in my professional journey, one during which I hope to achieve success and titles with a team that includes a special group of Qatari football stars and which competes in the AFC Champions League.
“I promise everyone that I will do my best to live up to the responsibility the club have given me. I know that I have a big task ahead of me, especially given that Iraqi football fans will follow my journey.”
تحدي جديد 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/GoAOBm2aB7— Mohanad Ali (@mohanad_meme) July 15, 2019
The forward’s move comes as Al Duhail continue to prepare for a new top-flight campaign in Qatar and their AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash with domestic rivals Al Sadd SC.
Al Duhail will host the first leg of the encounter on August 6, before facing the reigning Qatari champions in the return fixture a week later.
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