H.E. Abdullah Jumaa Al Darmaki, Vice Chairman of Al Ain Sports Games Company and Supervisor of the Volleyball Team, dedicated the achievement of winning the title of the General Volleyball League to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Chairman of Al Ain Club and Chairman of Al Ain Club Honorary Council and H.H. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council, First Vice President of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, First Vice President of the Honorary Council & Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, as well as H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Second Vice President of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club and the Honorary Council, for their incessant support and follow-up of the team affairs.
Following the end of the final match, H.E. Al Darmaki stressed: “We won the title as a result of the consolidated efforts of all the players, coaching team and administrative team. Indeed, everyone is a partner in the coronation of the team with the 11th title. Our journey in winning titles will not stop and we will strive hard to maintain the trophy of the league in the club closets.”
Abdullah said: “At the beginning of the season we ended to the final match of the Vice-President’s Cup, but we lost it. I stressed that the loss did not affect the players’ morale who pledged to win the title of the league. Now, after we won the title there is a goal set by the club which is to retain the title of the President Cup in our closets. We will make sure to take advantage of the prevailing moral factor we are experiencing currently to win that title.”
Al Darmaki stressed that the atmosphere of the game was enthusiastic and that the players of the team were up to expectations. “The team was able to win the title without resorting to a playoff because we did well in the first leg match held in Dubai, but we lost the result. However, in the second leg match we showed our genuine fighting spirit. In the playoff match, we were up to the challenge and won the title. The match was not easy, and the opponent managed to keep up with us in points over the course of the three rounds.”
In his assessment of the coaching team’s performance during the last period that led the team to put firm hands on the title of the league, Al Darmaki stated: “We have been assessing the coaching team since we lost the final match of the Vice-President’s Cup. We promise the fans that the team will do their best in the last tournament we have this current season and will exhibit their genuine skills and fighting spirit.”