Al Wasl meet Al Shabab in Dubai derby

Al Wasl meet Al Shabab in Dubai derby

Al Wasl are striving hard to advance from the bottom of the table in a bid to catch up the leaders.



By Hisham Al Gizouli (Chief Reporter)

Published: Sat 29 Nov 2014, 1:16 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:29 PM

Dubai — Al Wasl host Al Shabab in a much awaited Dubai derby in the ninth round of the Arabian Gulf league at the Al Wasl Stadium in Zabeel Stadium on Saturday night. The match is set to kickoff at 8pm.

Having won the league’s title on seven occasions plus two President’s Cup silverwares, Al Wasl are striving hard to advance from the bottom of the table in a bid to catch up the leaders. They are now nine points off the pace and need a miracle to improve their chances in the crown despite late efforts to change three coaches and recruit new foreigners. Al Shabab have won the UAE national league three times, the President four times, Etisalat Cup once and the GCC Champions League twice. Meanwhile, Al Shabab are three points off the pace on the heels of front runners Al Wahda and Al Jazira who will lock horns on Sunday in the Abu Dhabi derby. And a win by Al Shabab coupled with a draw at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium will see Al Shabab level with Al Jazira and one point behind Al Wahda with the advantage of playing less matches than the Abu Dhabi pair. However, according to a statement by the Pro-League Committee, the postponed AGL Round 1 fixture between Al Shabab and Al Ain will now be played on Monday 22nd December, kicking off at 18:20 at Al Shabab’s home ground — the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium. The postponed AGL Round 4 fixture between Al Ain and Fujairah will now be played on Wednesday 4th February 2015, with kick off scheduled for 18:55 at Al Ain’s Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

It was also decided by the Pro League Committee to amend the evening kick-off times for all matches, starting from Round 10 of the Arabian Gulf League on 4th & 5th December. All late kick-offs will now be scheduled at the earlier time of 7.30pm instead of 8pm.


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