Our Mission Against Al Dhafra Will Not Be Easy.. Pedro: I Trust the Quality of My Team, and It is Hard to Find a Replacement for Nakajima Enjoying the Same Qualities


“Our away match against Al Dhafra is so important, given the skills they exhibit in front of Al Sharjah. The team has a powerful front line, and in total, they are well organized with a ball or without the ball. I know well it will not be an easy match,” Pedro Emmanuel stated in the pre-match press conference of matchweek 18 against Al Dhafra scheduled to be held at Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium at 17:30 on Thursday 25th February 2021.

The head coach of Al Ain added: “I feel confident this time considering the good performance of the team in the recent match against Fujairah at home and won the match’s three points. Our short-term goal now is to be one of the top three teams. If we win Al Dhafra, we can be close to being in the third spot.”

As for Nakajima’s injury, Pedro pointed out the team is experiencing hard times at present as “we will be missing a significant player who was injured in the last training session. This injury makes it harder for us since we have seen what he could do for the team. We feel sorry for him and hope that he would recover quickly and back stronger in this hard time. I know it will not be easy for him, but we have to find solutions from within the team as it will be difficult to find a replacement with the same qualities.”

He stated that the team faces challenging circumstances at this time of each season due to the players’ injuries, absences, and other issues.

However, Pedro stressed that he relies on the team’s genuine character in hard times. He said: “We always think big and so determined to attain more accomplishments, but we have to analyze our actual level of performance and work harder. Indeed, compared to players’ actual efforts, we still need more as it is not enough. We have to highly focus on our upcoming match against Al Dhafra and select the first eleven who believe that they could play as in our recent match against Fujairah and snatch the match’s three points.”

Pedro addressed a message to the loyal Ainawi fans by urging them to trust the team’s quality performance despite the team’s difficulty and demanding time.

He concluded his statement by saying: “This is our goal this week. We have to show respect to Al Dhafra, who plays strongly when playing at home. This is how we could win the three points of a difficult match.”