The Kenyan striker will have a difficult path to Ooredoo Cup glory after being drawn in the same group as 2021 winners Al Sadd.
Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga’s Al Duhail will have a difficult path to their Ooredoo Cup defence after being drawn in the same group with bitter rivals and 2021 winners Al Sadd.
Al Duhail won their maiden Ooredoo Cup (Qatar Cup) trophy last season when Nam Tae-hee scored the winner as they beat a spirited Umm Salal 1-0 in the final at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in March.
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That was after they avoided Al Sadd at the group phase but they are now set to face them in Group B which also has Al Gharafa, Al Markhiya, Al Rayyan, and Al Shamal while Group A has last season’s runners-ups Umm Salal, Al Arabi, Al Wakrah, Qatar SC, Al Ahli and Muaither.
Nonetheless, Olunga who was the top scorer in the competition with 10 goals last season, will be seeking to retain his Golden Boot award while leading Al Duhail to a second straight cup win.
Al Duhail beat Al Markhiya 8-3 in the first round of last season’s competition before defeating Al Atabi 3-2. They followed it up with a 1-1 draw with Al Gharafa before ending their group stage campaign with a 3-0 thrashing of Al Rayyan.
Hernan Crespo’s men will be seeking a similar run to top their group and get a less daunting quarter-final tie.
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The Harambee Stars captain maintained his brilliant start to the season by grabbing a brace in Friday’s 4-1 thrashing of Muaither
With Olunga in their ranks, Al Duhail will be confident of completing the job with the striker starting the 2023-24 campaign just as he ended 2022-23.
The Kenyan striker has already scored three goals in Al Duhail’s opening two games of the new Qatar Stars League campaign, having netted once in their 2-1 win over Al Ahli, before scoring a brace as they thrashed Muaither 4-1 last Friday.