Wahda must learn lesson from Wasl defeat: Jaber

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Wahda must learn lesson from Wasl defeat: Jaber

A number of injuries and suspensions to first-team regulars forced Wahda’s Saudi coach to name a makeshift matchday squad for their Arabian Gulf League (AGL) game at Zabeel Stadium on Thursday and they duly trailed 3-0 by the midway point.

By Alex Leach (senior Reporter)

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Published: Sat 14 Mar 2015, 3:12 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:57 PM

Fabio De Lima of Al Wasl attempts to get the ball past a Al Wahda player. — KT photo by Mukesh Kamal

Fabio De Lima of Al Wasl attempts to get the ball past a Al Wahda player. — KT photo by Mukesh Kamal

Dubai:  Al Wahda coach Sami Al Jaber says the Clarets’ youth players must learn lessons from the sub-standard showing that saw them slump to a 3-0 defeat against Al Wasl.

A number of injuries and suspensions to first-team regulars forced Wahda’s Saudi coach to name a makeshift matchday squad for their Arabian Gulf League (AGL) game at Zabeel Stadium on Thursday and they duly trailed 3-0 by the midway point.

Wahda improved after half-time and perhaps deserved to have that daunting deficit dwindled down on the overall balance of play, but it just wasn’t to be and the youngsters must now take what they can out of this demoralising experience. “Al Wasl deserved to win,” Al Jaber admitted. “They scored from our mistakes, but that’s football. We have to learn from them because we have got so many young players in the team; they have to learn so many things. “But, we deserved to score at least one goal in the second half. We had so many chances — two of which were very big and clear — yet, if you don’t score, nobody knows that you’ve had those opportunities. We have to work harder and concentrate.

“I’ve only been able to field my full-strength side once for 45 minutes against Al Sadd (in the AFC Champions League play-offs) since I arrived here, but we’re working very hard together. We’ll continue to try our best and never give up.”

Al Jaber’s counterpart at Wasl, Gabriel Calderon, was understandably delighted with the free-scoring form of his resurgent side, with the Cheetahs having now impressively registered 15 goals in their last four AGL fixtures.  “We produced a fantastic performance level in the first half and finished the match in 45 minutes,” the Argentinian boss explained.

alex@khaleejtimes.com



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