Khoukhi Boualem: Qualification was within our reach, but we didn’t perform as required

Al-Sadd defender Khoukhi Boualem expressed his disappointment after his side exited the 2022 AFC Champions League at the end of the group stage.

In his statement after the final group game against Al-Faisaly, Khoukhi said: “We did not enter the tournament well. Our ambition was to progress from the group, and unfortunately we did not do the best to achieve this.”

He added: “Qualification from the group was within reach, but we were not at the required level. We lost focus. I hope we will be up to the mark in the new edition, God willing.”