Doha, October 08 (QNA) – Lakhwiya Football Club, Qatar football champion, today signed a contract with Belgian coach Eric Gerets, former coach of Morocco’s national select, to oversee the team in the next stage, succeeding Algerian Jamal Belmadhi.
Gerets, who arrived in Doha this morning, will undertake the training of Lakhwiya as of tomorrow, after the team’s match with Al Gharafa this evening for Qatar Stars Cup under the supervision of Belmadhi .
Lakhwiya will hold tomorrow a news confeence at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the presence of Khalifa Khamis, the team’s general supervisor, to present the new coach to the media, as well as to announce details of the contract and its duration.
By contracting with Gerets, Lakhwiya seeks to achieve success at the level of the Asian Football Conferderation (AFC)’s Champions League and competing for the title in the season of 2013.
As a manager, Gerets worked successively for FC Liege, Lierse SK, Club Brugge, PSV Eindhoven, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, and VfL Wolfsburg before joining Galatasaray SK at the end of the 2004 05 season. In the season 1996 97, he won the Belgian championships with Lierse, reprising the feat in the season 1998 1999 with Club Brugge. He also won the Dutch championships twice (1999 2000 and 2000 01) with PSV Eindhoven. In the season 2005 06, Gerets won the Turkish Premier Super League with Galatasaray SK. In May 2007, he left the club, and on 25 September, became Olympique de Marseille’s coach.
In his first year at Olympique de Marseille in 2007, he managed to get the team from the bottom of the league up to finish their 07 08 season in third place. On 29 April 2009, he confirmed that he will not be in charge of Marseille after the summer when his contract expires. 1 On 26 May 2009 signed a contract to take over as head coach of Al-Hilal for two years for an annual fee of 1.8 million ?uro. 2 On 6 July, he signed a four-year contract with Morocco
Lakhwiya Football Club is the most modern club that was recently founded in the State of Qatar, exactly in 2009. The club was officially established and started at the championship of the Second League. The most important event that was proved by Lakhwiya Club is that it upgraded itself to the championship of the First League immediately at its first season after foundation.
During the move it was performing perfectly in accordance with all the regulations related to Qatar federation. Since it was established, Lakhwiya Club has been creating great reputation, generally in all sports and particularly in the field of football. The club management has been working hard to encourage and motivate youth starting from grassroots to make them enroll the field of sports through sponsor them so that it can build strong generation to the state of Qatar.