Mamic says victory over Dhafra “not easy”


Al Ain coach Zoran Mamic has congratulated his players for the “not easy” victory over the Al Dhafra in the last round of the Arabian Gulf League’s first half.

On Friday night, the Garden City Club beat Al Dhafra 2-1 and hit the 25th point. The win put Al Ain up the top of the standings past Al Wasl. Al Wasl are currently sitting ahead Al Ain on away goals.

The Croatian coach stressed that the game was not easy at all, pointing out that his squad made benefit of all chances emerged in the game, scoring two goals after fighting very hard to keep the score 2-1.

In the game press conference, Mamic said “we achieved a very important victory over hard rivals and clinched important three points.

He accused the strong wind of disturbing his team and minimizing the players’ abilities.
Asked about the effect involving substitute Ibrahim Diaky, Mamic said the player made the difference and changed the position of the team in the field, helping Al Ain to win.

On the team captain injury, the Croatian said that Omar Abdulrahman suffered from an ankle injury; pouting out that the player’s absence duration is has not been defined yet.
The player will undergo medical check to determine his absence duration, Mamic said. He added that team Defender Mohanad Al Enazi suffers from a neck injury, preventing him from joining the training of the team.

Mamic expressed dismay over the referee decisions in the game, stressing that his steam deserved a penalty kick in the last minutes of the game.

He noted that the referee made the game slow as he did not ask the players to quickly play foul, corner kicks and throw-ins.

Weather the team was pressed because of the other side game between Al Wasl and Shabab Al Ahli, the coach stressed that he never thought of others’ games but only developing his own team performance.

Also in the press conference, Mamic congratulated Rayan Yaslam and Saeed Jumaa for being chosen to join the UAE national team, pointing out that players perform great in the last period.

Concluding the conference, Mamic said that the team preparations for the second half of the Arabian Gulf League are not clear so far as the timetable of games is not set up until now.