Mabkhout sizzles in Jazira's big victory

Mabkhout sizzles in Jaziras big victory
(L) Muhammad Azmi, of Malaysia Vies Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, of UAE - During UAE vs Malaysia World Cup qualifier, at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. - Abu Dhabi.-KT FILE

Dubai - Al Jazira increased their tally to 22 points and settled one point ahead of Dibba in the seventh position.



By Hisham Al Gizouli

Published: Fri 5 Feb 2016, 9:52 PM

Al Jazira strikers flexed their muscles against promoted Dibba to power their side to a sweeping 5-1 victory in the opener of the 17th round of the Arabian Gulf League at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening.
After Dibba's stunning 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, Ali Mabkhout stepped up to cancel Boris Kabi's early goal in the 33rd minute and completed a double nine minutes later to end the first half on a 2-1 advantage. "This home match was very crucial for us," the brilliant forward said. "Al Jazira have slipped to the 9th place and this is not acceptable to all for our fans whom we need to restore their confidence in their players," he added.
Towards the 73rd minute, Kenwyne Jones added the third goal and Ahmed Al Attas increased the advantage to 4-0 in the 87th minute before Mabkhout came back to complete a hat trick two minutes into injury time.
Al Jazira increased their tally to 22 points and settled one point ahead of Dibba in the seventh position. "The season is by no means over for us," said Al Jazeera keeper Ali Khaseif. "We understand that it's impossible for us to compete for the title because we are nearly 20 points off the pace with only nine rounds remaining, but there's a very good chance to improve to finish in the top four. Impossible is nothing and we will set the target for the remaining part of the competition," he added.
Dibba players looked very upset about what they have said to be huniiating defeat but they have showed a brave face saying that they will throw it behind their backs and look forward for more glory in the upcoming enclunters. "It's truly unacceptable, but it has happened," said Dibba's midfielder Sanad Ali who scored the consolation goal for his side.
"We had a great start and suddenly our dream began to evaporate," he said.

Ali Mabkhout of Al Jazira with the ball at the Al Ahli vs Al Jazira match at the Arabian Gulf League at Rashid Stadium Dubai on Saturday, 18 October 2014.  —KT FILE
Ali Mabkhout of Al Jazira with the ball at the Al Ahli vs Al Jazira match at the Arabian Gulf League at Rashid Stadium Dubai on Saturday, 18 October 2014. —KT FILE

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