I’m not happy with the result: Wahda coach

New Al Wahda coach Tite felt that it was not an ideal result for them but said that considering the situation, he was happy to come away with a point.

By James Jose

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Published: Sat 18 Sep 2010, 9:47 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:44 AM

The Capital Derby between Al Jazira and Al Wahda, which drew a crowd of 14,190, ended in a goalless draw in Week 3 of the Etisalat UAE Pro-League at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Thursday night.

“I’m not happy with the result. We are always looking to win games. But the situation was such that I had less time with the players since taking over. I will get to spend more time with the players and we will come up with a better show in the coming games,” Tite said after the game.

Brazilian Tite took over as coach of the defending champions after Romanian Laszlo Boloni was sacked after two Pro-League games. It was Tite’s first game at the helm.

Boloni was sacked following a wretched start to the season, where the defending champions lost the season-opening Super Cup to demoted club Emirates. Then, they went down to Al Wasl in the opener of the UAE Pro-League. The win against promoted club Ittihad Kalba did little to save Boloni’s job.

“In the first 20 minutes of the first half, Jazira had good control and held possession. After that, it was pretty balanced. In the second half, we relied in a lot of counter-attacks but it didn’t come through. It was a strong and tough game for both sides,” said Tite.

But Tite said that he was happy with the team’s performance, especially in the second half. “What is important is the performance. I’m looking at performance and our second half was good. The team put in a good performance,” he said. Tite said that the first half didn’t go as planned. “The first half didn’t go as planned for us. My idea was striking a perfect balance between defence and attack. Jazira have some really good players and they are a quality team. Subait Khater was good and gave us a tough time. And their strikers were good in the air. The midfielder Delgado gave us a tough time as well,” said Tite, who coached Brazilian club Internacional to the Sudamericana title in 2008 and the Suruga Bank Championship in 2009.

Tite said that they raised their game in the second half but the Jazira goalkeeper Ali Kasheif denied Baiano. “We were looking for opportunities in the second half. Baiano came up with some threatening moves but it was cut down by the goalkeeper. One of them, the goalkeeper pulled off a good save,” he said.

Independence Day cricket

dubai — India Independence Day seven-a-side cricket festival will be held on Friday, a press release said. The tournament will be sponsored by Al Wahda Construction for eighth year in a row.

Although Indai’a Independence Day falls on August 15 but the event was postponed because of the holy month of Ramadan. The event is also supported by Freddy Sidhwa of Seven Seas.

The day-long event, featuring eight B division teams, will be played at the Seven Seas ground.

“We are, indeed, delighted to be associated with the festive event being held to mark India’s Independence Day,” Deepak Arora, managing director of Al Wahda Construction, said.

“Since cricket is very popular among the expatriate community from the subcontinent, I hope all the teams will have fun in the sun,” he said. The cricket festival, organised by senior UAE umpire Tariq Butt, will be played on the knock-out basis and the matches will start at 7:30am.

The top teams will be awarded attractive trophies. Besides, there are prizes for individual performances. Interested teams may contact Tariq Butt on 050-6584161 for registration and more details.

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