Satisfied with the Players’ Commitment and Discipline.. Pedro: Waiting for the Competent Authorities’ Decision to Play Friendlies
I Call for the Fans to Support the Team Positively
We All Determined to Achieve the Boss’ Goals
We All Fully Adhere to the Precautionary Measures in and off the Pitch
Ready to Adapt with All Changes
We Hold Daily Meetings and Focus on Tactical Aspects in Abu Dhabi Training Camp
In an exclusive statement to Al Ain TV Channel, the head coach of Al Ain FC Pedro Emmanuel said that the current conditions that the whole world countries are experiencing due to the breakthrough of Coronavirus are lessons learned.
“Such severe conditions dictate that we have to be more cautious and work and think differently to stay safe and keep all those who are working with us safe as well. This should be realized with sights set to accomplish our mission during the preseason preparations by paying more attention to our work and enjoy playing football. It is the good thing for me, team players, and all the Al Ain coaching team and administrative staff in this camp,” He stated.
Pedro added: “As I stated before, we have to be patient in these current conditions. We also have to adapt to any changes that pop up at any minute. We are experiencing a new era full of changes, and we are required to adapt accordingly.”
Shedding light on how the team adapted to the new circumstances during the first phase of the team’s summer training camp held in Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain City, he said: “We were so keen to implement the concept of “physical distancing” during the training sessions during the first phase held in Khalif Bin Zayed Stadium during 15 July until 2 August 2020. Also, we changed many things in our daily training program.”
Pedro said that the first phase was meant to give the newly-arrived players the chance to adapt to the team. “Also, we gave a chance to several young players who have joined the squad recently to exhibit their quality skills. Moreover, it was a good opportunity for certain players who did not play in the past season due to injuries for long periods and join their teammates in their training sessions. We did our best in the first phase to prepare the squad to play and perform well in the upcoming season.”
Al Ain’s head coach pointed out that the coaching teams were waiting for individual players to rejoin the team in the first phase due to limitations forced by their countries’ authorities on traveling abroad like Laba Kodjo and Islam Khan. He stated that five players joined the camp held by the UAE National Football Team. He also said: “As for Caio Canedo, we adopted the principle of “Safety First”.”
Pedro expressed his pleasure with the players’ reaction and abundant enthusiasm, which is evident through their commitment and discipline while in training sessions. “Everybody here makes you feel good and happy about resuming football activities after a long suspension period. We know things got different in conducting training sessions as we started with small groups of two. However, we are still waiting for the authorities in charge to decide when we could play friendlies.”
Pedro put an accent that the squad spent 15 days training in Khalifa Bin Zayed before kicking off the second phase in Abud Dhabi and that it is the time to play friendly matches. “We are seeking to prepare a good team, and we all are required to handle current conditions professionally, and more importantly, is to adhere to the safety so as everybody feels comfortable while working with us.”
As for the second phase of the preseason training camp, he stated: “The first phase of this camp is meant to boost the players’ physical fitness levels. As you know, players had a good time without attending and collective training sessions or playing matches. In Abu Dhabi camp, we focus on tactics and holding meetings to ensure that everybody is reading from the same page and ensuring increasing the level of performance and enjoying the work here.”
Pedro Emmanuel concluded his statement by addressing a message to the fans: “As the case for use, fans should be patient given the hard times we are experiencing. We must be confident that this would be over sooner, and things will be back to normal and even better. They would enjoy watching matches from the standings again. I hope they would always be next to us and support their beloved team positively. They have to rest assured that we all here working hard to make them happy.”
Expressed His Satisfaction with Abu Dhabi Pre-Season Training Camp.. Ghazi Fahd: We Are Fully Committed with the Boss’ Clear-Cut Strategy to Achieve the Preset Goals
Al Ain Reserved Team Trains Twice A Day in Preparation for the New Season
Under the supervision of Iraq head coach Fahd Ghazi, Al Ain Reserved Football Team resumed the preseason summer training camp in Abu Dhabi. Players conduct morning and evening training sessions at the indoor training fields attached to the Officers’ Club. Coach Fahd put in place the preset plans to boost up the players’ physical fitness.
Coach Fahd expressed his satisfaction with the camp’s general atmosphere and the high spirit of enthusiasm that players are exhibiting.
Commenting on promoting 12 new players from Al Ain Football Academy, he said: “The new lineup of the Reserved Team includes 12 new faces from the Al Ain Football Academy per the strategy of the Al Ain Football Club Company. Those players should be aware that they have to prove themselves and work hard to play for the Reserved Team and, at the same time, achieve their aspirations. This only could be achieved through commitment, discipline, and be professional to be considered for further promotion and be a player of the first football team.”
Responding to a question on the average playing time of the Reserved Team players with the first team during the past season, he said: “Statistics proved that Al Ain FC topped other counterpart clubs in granting opportunities for the Reserved Team players to play official matches with the first team. That was not an arbitrary process but in line with the Club’s plans, and we would continue in doing the same this upcoming season.”
As for transferring Ali Eid and Falah Walid on loan, he pointed out: “I believe that transferring both players on loan to Kalba and Khorfakkan is an important step in their career. They are talented and enjoy quality skills, and any football player must play more official matches in the Arabian Gulf League to refine his skills and possess the required experience, considering that it would be difficult for both of them to play in their positions with the first team. I wish them all the best of luck with their new teams.”
During a virtual meeting chaired by H.E. Dr. Matar Al Darmaki, members of the Board of Directors of Al Ain Football Club Company were briefed about the work progress.
The online meeting was attended by the Vice-Chairman, members of the Board of Directors, members of the Technical Committee, and Medical Committee along with coach Pedro Emmanuel.
Attendees tackled important dossiers and progress achieved per the approved plans.
We Look for the Talented and Quality Players and Our Doors Still Open for More Contracts
I Understand the Fans Concerns Regarding the Boss Defenders and Age Average
We Handel Issues Professionally and Seek to Display our Strong Charisma
On an exclusive statement to Al Ain TV, Pedro Emmanuel stated: “I am well aware of the concerns regarding the backline of the team and the average age of the defenders. However, we are going to find the best solutions for the upcoming period.”
“Our goal is not to have a strong backline, but we seek to have a full strong team. We did show during the second leg of the past season that we are stronger than ever, and this is our strategy. The mentality we have here in Al Ain is that we are stronger in each match and training session. It is all about deeds, not words,” he said.
Responding to a question on the recent deals concluded by the Club, namely Fahd Hadid and Ibrahim Al Kaabi, he said: “As for the national players, we are always looking for quality players to have the required added value. Talking about the goalkeeper Ibrahim, we are always looking for competition in this position. We have Khalid Eisa, the goalkeeper of the UAE National Football Team, Mohammed Saeed Bu Senda, and Hamad Al Mansouri. I am sure his teammates welcome him. We need four players in this position, and this is why we have Ibrahim onboard.”
He went on to say: “Fahad Hadid enjoys the quality we are looking for in the transfer market. He is a fast player and could play deep, and on top, he enjoys skills that we are missing in the team. We have injured players like Mohammed Khalfan, who started his rehabilitation program after a successful ALC. We have Jamal Marouf, whom I prefer to have him as a striker, so we do not have enough players as wingers. I do welcome both new players and hope they will be of an added value to the team.”
Pedro pointed out: “Doors are open to every player who has the skill and capabilities that we are looking for during the window of the transfer market. There are names that we are trying to join them to the team, given that we would have a long season and intense competitions at the local and continental levels. We must find the required solutions at all times, so we try to have national players sign for the team as they know that Al Ain is a big club, and the desire to play for the Boss. We would give them this opportunity.”
Commenting on a question about transferring Falah Walid and Ali Eid to Kalba and Khor Fakkan on loan, he said: “ I believe it is normal. They are young players, and they should have important challenges that allow them to play for the first team.”
“Falah and Eid played for Al Ain Reserved Team for a long time, and they would not have many chances to play for the first team in the Arabian Gulf League. This is why we did not hesitate to loan them to other teams. They also were thinking about this issue as they want to play more games in the current stage of their professional career. They want to improve their level of performance, which is important for them. If they perform well, the management would definitely end their loan contract and could play for the first team,” Pedro said.
On joining Ali Al Blooshi, Saud Al Mehri, Fahd Al Ghaithi, and Saud Al Abri to the first team recently, he said: “Joining young players from the Reserved Team and Al Ain Football Academy something I am always thinking about. If these players show good capabilities in defending the Club’s crest, they will join the first team. I do care about 17, 18, and 19 years old players who are highly skilled and allow them to play games. We always look at Al Ain Academy as the Club’s future by offering solutions to the first team.”
Al Ain Football Club Company has announced renewing the contract of the team’s playmaker Kazakhstan’s Islam Khan for three seasons until 2023. The decision to renew the international player’s contract based on a recommendation made by Portuguese Pedro Emmanuel and the approval of the Professionalism Technical Committee.
Noteworthy, Islam Khan arrived last week and has been playing for Al Ain FC since the mid-season of 2019-2020. He managed to present himself elegantly.
Upon his arrival he was subject to Coronavirus screening test twice along with other comprehensive medical checkups per the medical protocol and the procedures approved by the Medical Committee of Al Ain Club. He was locked down at home also for seven days prior joining the team’s training sessions.
On his part, Islam Khan stated: “I would like to thank the Al Ain Football Club Company and head coach for their highly appreciated trust in my skills to defend the Al Ain Crest for other three seasons.”
He stressed that he would push himself to the limit to achieve his big aspirations and contribute in clinching new titles locally and continentally.
Made His Official Debut in the Training Sessions.. The Boss Finalized Registering Erik as a Resident Player
Al Ain Football Club Company finalized all the official procedures to register Brazil’s Erick De Menezes, 19 years old, as a resident player.
Noteworthy, the Brazilian player arrived in UAE last week. Upon his arrival, he was subject to a Coronavirus screening test twice along with other comprehensive medical checkups per the medical protocol and the procedures approved by the Medical Committee of Al Ain Club. He was locked down at home also for seven days before joining the team’s training sessions.
The 19-year-old left-back joined The Boss from the Brazilian club SC Internacional on a three-year deal and made his official debut in the team’s training sessions on Wednesday 29th July 2020.
On his part, Islam Khan stated: “I would like to thank the Al Ain Football Club Company and head coach for their highly appreciated trust in my skills to join the Boss squad.”
Erick stressed: “Today, I have a new challenge as I am playing for one of the biggest clubs in Asia given my aspirations will not sour below the skies.”
He concluded his statement by wishing that he would meet the coach’s expectations, the management of Al Ain Club, and the Ainawi Nation. I hope I would be lucky enough to perform well in line with my aspirations.”