Sharjah sign Al Banzerti as coach

SHARJAH — Sharjah FC introduced their new Tunisian coach Fawzi Al Banzerti to the media ahead of the pro-league playoffs scheduled to take place most probably late August or early September.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Fri 22 Jun 2012, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:56 PM

The club’s destiny would be decided in the light of the new arrangements by the football governing body to host a four-side league format tournament to promote two teams to the pro-league. Sharjah and Emirates who were relegated to the lower division last season, will face the third and fourth place finishers of the First Division league Al Shaab and Al Dhafra in the chase for the two spots which are reserved for the top two sides in the country’s premier competition. The winners and runners up of the first division league title Ittihad Kalba Dibba Al Fujairah respectively were already promoted to the pro-league.

According to the club’s CEO Ebrahim Al Nimr, the contract with the Tunisian expert is for one renewable season, but no further details have been unveiled. “We are delighted to see Al Banzerti back to his original home after missing him for the last ten years,” Al Nimr said.

In the meantime, Al Banzerti promised to make every move to control the situation at the crisis-hit former champions.

“The first collective effort would be directed towards restoring the club’s pro-league status,” Al Banzaerti said.

“I have started by saying that the mission ahead is the responsibility of every individual member in the management and technical staff. Our immediate concern is to work in harmony with the management to make things good.

“Above all, we need to focus on the pro-league playoffs to bring the club back to the premier competition. I understand that part of the preparations for the challenge ahead would be held during the holy month of Ramadan, but this problem, if any, would be confronted by our opponents as well. I’m quite confident that all of the club’s resources will be revamped to bypass this critical situation. This includes also the required funds which are needed for the local and foreign transfers,” he said.

Al Banzerti will be assisted with former player Abdul Aziz Al Anbari plus two other persons of his selection. Speaking about the revival of the Sharjah Derby, which brings together Al Shaab against Sharjah during the playoffs, Al Banzerti said however it’s going to be very tough, but at the end of the day, it’s a game.

“I know the Emirates have also secured the service of my brother Lutfi Al Banzarti who will be looking forward to take them back to the pro-league in the playoffs, but once again, this is not the first time in which we will lock horns against each other. And as I have said in the case of the Al Shaab-Sharjah derby, what you have termed Al Banzerti brothers derby would be on the pitch alone and not beyond that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sharjah have terminated 15 players, including national and foreign players, but no names have been mentioned.

“You have to be patient. Everything will be made public at the right time. We have plans to sign new players from within the UAE and abroad and hopefully our effort will contribute to the required stability,” said board member Khamis Al Suwaidi.

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