Thanks to Hazza bin Zayed and Sultan bin Hamdan.. Khaled Al Hashemi: Khaled and Bandar have leadership characters and are an important addition to our team
We are always stronger with Al Ain fans in all stadiums
Al Ain “international” defender, Khaled Al-Hashimi, said: “We are ready to Nasaf match and we are also proud of our results and place in the AFC Champions League. We are well aware of our mission in tomorrow’s game, which we will play at our stadium and among our fans. we are confident that we are always stronger with their presence. We ask God for guidance, success and good luck.
Regarding the pressurized schedule, he said: “Al Ain possesses a golden history, and this is our destiny. We must deal with the pressurized matches properly because our destiny is relevant to a great club and the opportunity is ours to embrace glory, thanks to God, administration’s support, coach’s follow-up, and our fans’ support. Pressure schedule is not a justification as Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, Man. Unites play and winchampionships.”
Regarding the renewal of Khaled Issa and Bandar Al Ahbabi’scontracts, he said: “First of all, we must extend our thanks to His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, First Vice President of Al Ain Club, First Vice Chairman of Al Ain Honorary Council, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, and His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Steering Committee for Al Ain Football Club Company Affairs, for their care, attention and constant support of the team. Bandar and Khaled deserve renewal as leaders who have great experience in the club and know what is required of the players to embrace glory, because they achieved great glories with Al Ain, and we want to make history with them. We thank the club management for this initiative because their presence by our side made us happy, as they are an important addition to the team.”
The morale of the Boss (Al Zaeem) is high and we aspire to qualify for the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.. Crespo: Big clubs are not looking for justifications and we are ready for all challenges
Al Ain Argentinian coach, Hernan Crespo, expressed his prideand glory in placing his team in the round of 16 of the Asianstrongest tournament for champions, emphasizing that: “We have a great opportunity to qualify for the quarter-finals after several years to revive the club’s great history, in light of the current situation, the high morale, and the positive environment prevailing among the team due to the successive victories and we want to move forward towards achieving our goals.”
Commenting on a question about playing four fateful matches in four different tournaments within a short period, he said: “When you belong to a big club, you must confront all challenges and avoid any justifications due the pressurized schedule. We have done our best and we will move forward towards achieving our targets. This is the actual schedule, and we are ready to deal with it, especially since we are playing in our stadium and among our fans.”
Responding to a question about how difficult it was for him and his players to deal with the pressurized schedule, he said: “We can control this situation if we want to achieve our targets and make our fans happy, and as I mentioned to you, this is the fate of the big clubs.”
Regarding the limited options imposed by the AFC Champions League regulation, he said: “We respect the regulations and cannot change them. All of my players deserve to be on the teamsquad, and I have no problem with the regulation.”
The Asian Football Confederation has assigned the Australianreferee Alireza Faghani to officiate Al Ain and Nasaf,Uzbekistan match, scheduled at 8:00 p.m. next Wednesday at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, in the second leg of the AFC Champions League Round of 16. He will be assisted by his compatriot Anton Shchetinin, “First Assistant Referee”, George Lakrinidis, “Second Assistant Referee”, King George Alexander, “Fourth Official”, Margaret Jasiewicz, “Video Referee”, and Robinson John, “Video Assistant Referee”.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has approved 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, in the Conference Hall of Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, as the date for the introductory press conference for Al Ain and Nasaf match, scheduled for the day after tomorrow, Wednesday, at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, within the second leg of the round-of-16 of the AFC Champions League.
It is noteworthy that The Boss “Al Zaeem” returned with onepoint after a goalless draw with Nasaf, Uzbekistan in the first-leg match. Al Ain is looking forward to continuing its strong results in the AFC Champions League to get the qualifying ticket for the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League.
The Asian Football Confederation holds the coordination meeting for Al Ain and Nasaf, Uzbekistan match, at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, in the Conference Hall of Khalifa bin ZayedStadium. The meeting is scheduled to be headed by the Indian, Arunava Bhattacharya, assigned to commission the match, along with the Syrian, Zakaria Kanat, the referees observer, in the presence of representatives of the two clubs, match officials from the AFC, the local committee, and the police, in order to review all the details relevant to the match, determine the necessary requirements in accordance with the official regulations of the AFC Champions League, and approve the uniform of the two teams for the match scheduled at 8:00 p.m.next Wednesday at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.
Thanks to Hazza bin Zayed and Sultan bin Hamdan.. Al Ain announces the renewal of the contracts of the two team leaders from the summits of Al Jahili Fort and Jebel Hafeet
Mohammed Obaid Hammad: Bandar and Khaled’s contracts were established on the pride and glory for belonging to Al Ain
Long-term contracts for the two captains are a well-deserved reward from Al Ain presidency to the loyal resources of Al Ain
The two players are role models in professionalism and loyalty, and they agreed to waive the principle of conditional negotiation with the club
Al Ain Club announced today the renewal of the contracts of its two “Captains”, Bandar Al Ahbabi and Khaled Issa, through an official statement published on the Club’s official accounts, via social media sites.
The Boss “Al Zaeem” did not reveal the term of the new contract, but the video advertisement from the summits of Jebel Hafeet and Al-Jahili Fort featured Bandar and Khaled expressing their thanks, gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, First Vice President of Al Ain Club, First Vice Chairman of Al Ain Honorary Council, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, and His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Steering Committee for Al Ain Football Club Company Affairs. The two players lifted their jerseys with their names and the duration of the contract, instead of writing a number, it was replaced with the phrase “Ainawi forever.”
Mohammed Obaid Hammad, Member of the Management Committee of Al Ain Football Club Company Affairs, and General Supervisor of the First and Reserve Team Sector, appreciated the high patronage and generous support that the club enjoys continuously from His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi, First Vice President of Al Ain Club, First Vice Chairman of Al AinHonorary Council, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, and founder of the success strategy of “this prestigious entity.” He also appreciated the constant follow-up and continuous support of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Steering Committee for Al Ain Football Club Company Affairs.
The Supervisor of the First and Reserve Team Sectoremphasized that the directives were issued to adhere to the basic pillars of Al Ain team, so the two team captains’ reaction wasnot surprising, but honorable. This confirmed that their association with the club was and will remain unconditional, which was confirmed practically throughout the period they played for Al Ain. The renewal of Bandar Al Ahbabi and Khaled Issa’s contracts was established on transparent principles associated with senses of pride and glory for belonging to Al Ain Club.
“Bandar Al-Ahbabi and Khaled Issa are professional players who have a leadership character and they have contributed greatly to achieving the best results with the team. Their long-term contracts are considered a reward from Al Ain presidency for the loyal resources of Al Ain as they confirmed that they are role models in terms of professionalism and leading characters. We ask God for them and their teammates good luck and success in achieving their ambitions and making the fans of The Boss “Al Zaeem” happy.
At Al-Ain We are a One Family.. Khalid Eisa: Our Task vs Al-Wahda in the Round of 16 was not an Easy Task
Khalid Eisa, Al-Ain’s goalkeeper and the winner of the best player trophy in his team’s match vs Al-Wahda, said: “I have already mentioned before the match begins that in such games, the players must perform very well, respecting all other squads because we are well aware of what do Al-Ain vs Al-Wahda matches mean, and we thank Allah who assisted us in qualifying to the quarter-finals stage of the most precious of all tournaments, while we ask Allah Almighty for continuous success for me and my teammates in achieving victory with reaping scores.”
He added: “Today, our task was not an easy task, while we were unable to amuse our fans by scoring too many goals, thus we must build on the positivities that accompanied our squad during our last three matches vs Al-Wahda, Nasaf, and Ittihad Kalba.
He went on: “I wish to point out that Al-Ain’s manager has the needed experience to deal with such matches, while everybody knows who is Hernán Crespo, and the truth is that he has, thankfully, summarized today’s match on three areas, which are achieving victory in direct matches, applying pressure on the competitor on his pitch, and showing the winning spirit that tipped the balance in our favor on the pitch.
Commenting on a question on whether defending the manager was due to him being criticized on social media, he said: “In the beginning, please let me emphasize the truth in our team’s vision that we are one family consisting of a manager, players, fans, employees, and everybody affiliated with Al-Ain. In my opinion, I think that ‘satisfying people is a goal that cannot be met’, and I kept reiterating these words to my teammates. We are in the age of social media, so any word addressed to anyone in any language, will be found translated in your mother tongue once you click on only one button. The manager knows what is written about him, but what I like about the manager is that he only cares for his job, works to achieve his goals, and always emphasizing that we are all on a one boat, while each one of us complements the other, and we are lucky to have such manager and his assisting crew.”
Hernán Crespo, the Argentine manager of Al-Ain, expressed his cheerfulness over his team’s victory and qualifying for the quarter-finals of the President’s Cup, while he presented his cheerfulness over victory and qualifying to Al-Ain’s fans, and explicitly clarified: “Today, we showed that we have an astonishing squad of players, who emphasized their worthiness of the management’s trust. Furthermore, we always play as a strong team, then we imposed our full control over the match until we managed to score the winning goal.”
He went on: “I reiterate that I trust all of my squad’s players. While some people think that I, sometimes, gamble on a specific formation or on a certain tactic as a rotation mechanism. But I know very well the players in my squad, and my trust in Al-Ain’s players is limitless.”
“The Boss” Emirati Football Club Wins Today’s Derby and Qualifies for the Quarter-Finals of the Most Precious of all Tournaments
Al-Ain qualifies for the quarter-finals of the most precious of all tournaments, His Highness “my Lord” the President’s “may God bless him” Cup, after his well-deserved victory over the guest team Al-Wahda with a score of 1-0, in a match that brought the two teams on today’s evening at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium during the knockout stages of the round of 16.
The first half of the match was concluded with a score of 0-0, while Al-Ain’s decisive winning goal was scored by Matias Palacios “87.”
Goals: Matias Palacios “87”
Formation: Khalid Eisa, Bandar Al Ahbabi, Michel Bastos, Kouame Autonne, Erik Jorgens, Park Yong Woo, Mohammed Abbas, Soufiane Rahimi, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, and Kodjo Laba.
Substitutions: Omar Yaisien enters as a substitute for Alejandro Romero Gamarra “73,” Yahia Nader enters as a substitute for Mohammed Abbas “73,” Khalid Hashemi enters as a substitute for Erik Jorgens “90+3.”
Red Cards: N/A
Formation: Rashid Ali, Khalid Butti Al Zaabi, Lucas Pimenta, Alaeddine Ben Ajmi Zouhir, Ahmad Nourollahi, Khojimat Erkinov, Avtandil Duishoev, Sultan Saeed Rashid Saif Alzaabi, Allan Marques Loureiro, Facundo Daniel Monteseirin, and Zelimkhan Bakaev
Substitutions: Abdulla Hamad enters as a substitute for Avtandil Duishoev “46,” Tahnoon Alzaabi enters as a substitute for Zelimkhan Bakaev “71,” Omar Khribin enters as a substitute for Facundo Daniel Monteseirin “84,” Mohamed Ali enters as a substitute for Sultan Saeed Rashid Saif Alzaabi “89.”
Yellow Cards: Avtandil Duishoev “16” – Khojimat Erkinov “75” – Allan Marques Loureiro “90+6”
Red Cards: N/A
The match was led by a referee crew headed by Sergei Gennadyevich Karaseve as the “pitch referee,” assisted on pitch lines by Maxim Javarlin as “the first assistant referee,” Igor Demeshko as “the second assistant referee,” Zayed Alnuaim as “the fourth referee,” Evgeni Turbine as “the video referee,” and Sabt Abed as “the assistant video referee.”
In the Presence of Al-Ain’s Fans we Play vs Competitors with More Players.. Erik Asserts the Importance of Winning vs Al-Wahda and Qualifying to Quarter Finals in the Most Important Competition
Erik Jorgens, the left back for Al-Ain, asserts the importance of his team’s win in tomorrow’s match vs Al-Wahda, which is destined to take place on Hazza bin Zayed stadium, in the round of 16 of “my Lord” His Highness the President’s “may God bless him” cup, asserting: “We are well aware what is required from us in that match, through which we are looking forwards to win the qualifying card in a match after which there will be no room for compensation.”
He went on: Al-Ain’s matches vs Al-Wahda has a special tone to it in the eyes of the two clubs’ fans, since they have a different nature and have the characteristics of “Derby” matches.” So, as I have just mentioned to you, our goal is to win and qualify to hold on tight to our chances in all competitions, especially that I am well aware of the importance of the cup competition, since we lost the final of the last season, and we are looking forwards to compensate Al-Ain’s fans by topping the winning podium and claiming the title of the current season, especially that it seems currently different because the team has good members and a qualified manager.
He went on: At Al-Ain we are characterized with the spirit of one family and I am looking forwards on the personal level to make history by going on with my career at the “Boss” the best sporting club in Asia and the UAE, and we are looking forward for fans presence because they are an important player in the team’s list.