Maaloul replaces Belmadi as Al Duhail head coach
Doha: Nabil Maaloul has taken over from Djamel Belmadi at the helm of Al Duhail, the club said on Friday.
Belmadi led the Doha-based club to three domestic titles - Qatar Stars League, Qatar Cup and Emir Cup - in 2018, becoming the first Qatari club to achieve the feat, as well as securing a spot in the 2018 AFC Champions League quarter-finals courtesy of eight successive victories.
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Al Duhail cited ‘special reasons’ for Belmadi’s departure.
Maaloul, a former Tunisia international, has experience playing and coaching in West Asia, having played for Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli in 1994 and managing El Jaish in 2014, were he claimed the Qatar Cup that season.
The 55-year-old also coached Tunisia, and after missing out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Maaloul successfully led the North Africans to Russia 2018, finishing third in Group G behind Belgium and England.
Maaloul will now join the team in Austria for a training camp.
On August 28, Al Duhail will welcome Islamic Republic of Iran powerhouse Persepolis for the first leg of the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, before travelling to the Azadi Stadium for the second leg.
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