Al Ahli unhappy with Arabian Gulf League schedule

Published October 25th, 2015 - 02:37 GMT

Al Ahli, high on morale after making their maiden AFC Champions League final birth edging Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal 4-3 on aggregate, shift their attention to the Arabian Gulf League where they travel to the capital for a tough clash against Al Wahda at the Al Nahyan Stadium. The action starts at 6.35pm.

The AFC Champions League commitment have kept Al Ahli occupied and they have so far only played three matches with a clean record - grabbing full nine points and scored a stunning 13 goals. Al Wahda, on the other hand, have had a roller coaster ride so far having registered two wins, a draw and suffered two losses.

Al Wahda manager Javier Aquirre accepted that his team have their task cut out against Al Ahli at home but are ready for the challenge. “Our team is ready for this difficult match against Al Ahli. They are a really good team, have very good players and they didn’t lose any games,” said Aquirre, adding, “They played great matches in the Asian Champions League and they got the league before one year so we have to respect their team.”

However, the Mexican was confident that the team will look to draw inspiration from their recent good performances. “Our performance has been great in the last three matches, so we trust our team’s abilities and more importantly, we are playing in our stadium which will be a huge plus,” said Aquirre ahead of the encounter.

Al Wahda will be missing the services of their defender Mohammad Abdullah and Mohammad Barghash. Abdullah misses the encounter with three yellow cards while Barghash had pocketed a red card in Al Wahda’s last encounter against Al Nasr.

The coach also urged the fans to turn up in large numbers to support their team for Sunday’s clash. “We want our fans to come to the stadium for this match because we will fight to win this match and make them happy.”

Al Ahli coach Cosmin Olaroiu, thoroughly disappointed at not getting their match re-scheduled after entering the final of the AFC Champions League last week, slammed the authorities.

“I am disappointed with the way they are treating my team . They say we all support you but I think this is only lip service. It is for the media,” Olaroiu said.

“In actuality we know how they have been handling the scheduling despite requests made to them,” he added.

On Thursday, the Pro League Committee (PLC) announced that two of Al Ahli’s matches would be re-scheduled to accommodate their AFC Champions League final against Guangzhou Evergrande, China on November 7 and 21.

Olaroiu was in a defiant mood. “We will play any time, even if we have to play on November 6, we will do our job in making the UAE proud,” the coach said.

“We are against Al Wahda next. This is a strong team, well organized and they are a have been improving. We will try to do our best.”

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