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Shabab Al Ahli gear up for President's Cup title defence

Shabab Al Ahli gear up for Presidents Cup title defence
FUTURE STARS: The UAE Under-16 team players train ahead of their Tashkent trip. - Twitter

Dubai - The Al Quasis club take on Al Nasr in the Round of 16

By James Jose

Published: Wed 4 Sep 2019, 9:28 PM

Last updated: Wed 4 Sep 2019, 11:32 PM

Shabab Al Ahli will embark on their President's Cup title defence against Al Nasr, after the draw was conducted by the UAE Football Association.
Shabab Al Ahli, who saw off Al Dhafra in the final in Abu Dhabi in April for their ninth President's Cup crown, take on The Blues in the Round of 16. Al Nasr have won the four times, their last coming in the 2014-15 season. They were runners-up in the 2016-17 edition.
The UAE FA held their annual awards ceremony as well as the draw for the President's Cup and the UAE First Division League at the Al Ras Hall of the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City.
Meanwhile, two-time champions Al Wahda take on Al Jazira in the Abu Dhabi Derby, while Al Wasl, who also have won the prestigious cup twice, meet Khor Fakkan, in other Round of 16 fixtures.
Defending Arabian Gulf League champions Sharjah, who have nine President's Cup titles to their name, go up against Hatta, while the previous edition runners-up Al Dhafra play Ajman. Bani Yas take on Fujairah for a berth in the quarterfinals.
Seven-time champions Al Ain, also the record holders in the Arabian Gulf League with 13 titles, will take on a team from the UAE First Division, so too will Ittihad Kalba.
Meanwhile, Khor Fakkan shot stopper Mansour Al Baloshi won the award for Best Goalkeeper, while Hatta's Rashid Salem was adjudged the Best Young Player. Khor Fakkan's Rodrigo Souza won the Best Foreign Player award. Abdulwahab Abdulqader was adjudged Best Coach after helping Khor Fakkan earn promotion to the Arabian Gulf League.
Elsewhere, a 26-man UAE Under-16 squad will travel to Taskhkent, the Uzbekistan capital, for a camp on Thursday, as they prepare for the 2020 AFC Championship qualifiers to be held in Kyrgyzstan later this month.

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