Doha, 12 October 2020 - Three-time champions Qatar SC will be looking to complete a hat-trick of Amir Cup Table Tennis tournament titles today when they take on Al Sadd in the final of the popular event.
Walid Samir, coach of Qatar SC, said his team is keen to bag another title trophy.
The final of the 2019-20 season between Qatar SC and Al Sadd will start at 6:00pm today at the Abdullah bin Suhaim Hall.
Qatar SC is seeking to achieve the title for the third time in a row and the fourth overall after winning the titles in in 2002, 2018 and 2019. Qatar SC has also been the runners-up on four occasions.
Al Sadd, on the other hand, seek to reclaim the title they last won in 2014-2015 season when they beat Al Arabi in the final. Al Sadd also played the final in the 2017-18 season.
“We are ready and have trained hard for this championship,” Qatar SC coach Samir said at a pre-final press conference, yesterday.
“Despite the hardship of battling the threat of COVID-19, the players did not falter in their mission,” he added.
“We were at full cast during our training sessions,” he said.
Ahmed Muthanna, player of Al Sadd, said his team beat top sides to reach the final.
“We deserved to be in the final as we beat some tough sides like Al Arabi, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah and Al Shamal. Then we met and won against Al Khor in the semi-finals,” Ahmed said yesterday.
“After losing the league title (in the incomplete season), we are determined to win the Amir Cup trophy, and I have great confidence in my fellow players and our ability to be able to win,” he said.
“The players are well prepared to go to the game and we have 200 percent confidence that the Cup is ours to win,” he said.
Al Sadd are also looking to achieve the title for the fifth time in its history (1996-1997, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2015). Al Sadd have been runners-up six times.
Chinese Li Sheng, coach of the Al Sadd table tennis team, said yesterday: “We feel ready to start the final against Qatar SC. We want to win one more trophy for Al Sadd trophy cabinet."
"It’s going to be a special match. We will fight until the end. Our players have done really well so far,” he added.
Ali Sultan Al Muftah, Assistant Secretary of the Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA), said the final will witness two giants of the sport in the country.
“These two are the best teams. They are fierce competitors and I am sure, we will see an exciting battle,” Al Muftah said.