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Hamdallah's hard work paying dividends for Al Nassr in AFC Champions League


Doha: Forward Abderrazak Hamdallah believes he’s reaping the rewards of hard work after scoring again for Al Nassr in their 2-0 win against Islamic Republic of Iran's Sepahan in the 2020 AFC Champions League on Friday.

Hamdallah doubled the advantage for Al Nassr after Abdullah Madu broke the deadlock for the Saudi Arabia side as the Moroccan increased his tally in the 2020 AFC Champions League to five in four matches, having scored twice in the Matchday Three fixture against the Iran side.

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“The goals that I score are the result of a collective effort from the team,” said Hamdallah. “I want to thank all my teammates for the effort which helped us win for the second match in three days.

“There is an Arabic proverb that says ‘(he) who toils succeeds’ and I never stopped training during the COVID-19 lockdown,” explained the 29-year-old who has scored in all four of his team's Group D matches.

“I took a one-week break and then resumed training,” he added. “I didn’t waste any time, put in a lot of effort and thankfully, this has paid off through goals.”

Group D - MD4: Al Nassr 2-0 Sepahan

Although currently topping the scoring charts, Hamdallah said he doesn't follow statistics and neither is he aiming for individual awards.

“I have great ambitions because I play for a big club,” he said. “Our desire as a team is to reach the final of the AFC Champions League.

“I don’t follow statistics and don’t know who is the top scorer of the competition,” he said. “I want to go far with the club and individual awards will come along the way.”

Defender Madu said Al Nassr secured a hard-fought win as it was difficult playing Sepahan for the second time in three days.

“It is very hard to play a match every three days,” said the 27-year-old. “It was a difficult match because Sepahan are a strong team and they fought very hard.

“However, we were focused and the most important thing is that we got the three points. We aim to give our best in the remaining matches and go far in the competition.”

Forward Muhsin Al Ghassani said lack of luck and not finishing their chances cost Sepahan the match.

“We played well in the first half but luck wasn't on our side," said the 23-year-old Omani. “Al Nassr took advantages of our mistakes, scored two goals and sealed the match. I hope we can recover in the next two matches.”

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