Al Ain legend Ahmed Abdullah lauds Dalic’s work

The Emirati reflected on a topsy-turvy season and felt it was a job well done in the end. Ahmed Abdullah is the oldest at Al Ain FC and has seen players come and go.



By James Jose

Published: Tue 20 May 2014, 9:49 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:21 PM

As the Al Ain players celebrated a sixth President’s Cup title by running all around the Zayed Sports City pitch and were joined by delirious Al Ain faithful in the stands, one man stood on the sidelines and watched with content eyes. There was a big smile all over his face.

The Emirati reflected on a topsy-turvy season and felt it was a job well done in the end. Ahmed Abdullah is the oldest at Al Ain FC and has seen players come and go. He has been an ‘Ainnawi’ through and through and has seen many ups and downs as a player as well as a coach.

Ahmed Abdullah played 17 seasons for Al Ain and scored an astonishing 124 League goals, which has not been topped until now. Ahmed Abdullah has given it his all at the club in an illustrious career spanning 35 years as player and on the coaching staff.

Ahmed Abdullah, who is the assistant coach, was pleased with Al Ain’s showing over the past three months after an average season and credited the turnaround to coach Zlatko Dalic. “Zlatko (Dalic) tried to convince the players that they have everything and they can do more than what they were doing. He was the main reason for them changing,” Ahmed Abdullah said.

Ahmed Abdullah said that they had a poor start to the season and the frequent coaching changes also didn’t help.

He said that the President’s Cup win will give them the motivation to do well next season.

“I’m very happy that the team played very well in the last 12 games. We also reached the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League. It is very important. Secondly, we took the President’s Cup. This has given us motivation to start the new season in a better way, Inshallah,” he added.


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