The first round of the Arabian Gulf Cup matches will witness a heavy caliber confrontation when Al Ain meet Shabab Al Ahli at 9:30 at the end of the opening round of Group A at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain. With her every team in the current summer transfer period.
Five deals from the two teams stand out, and the public is waiting to see them in their debut: Brazilian Caio Canedo, Togolese Laba Kudjou, Algerian Abdelrahman Meziane with Al Ain, and David Mariani of Argentina and Federico Cartabia of Al Ahly.
Al Ain have imposed themselves in the current summer transfer window, by signing deals with high caliber, which has made «leader» top of the scene, and confirms that he will be one of the leading candidates to compete for all titles next season.
The most significant change for Al Zaeem is the signing of the Croatian coach, Ivan Liko, to return the club to the Croatian school for training, as the management of the club is betting on the new face that will be his first experience in the UAE and the Arab world. With Al Wasl, Brazilian Caio Canido, one of the most prominent foreign players in the last five years in the Arabian Gulf League, especially since the Brazilian player has achieved remarkable numbers with the «Emperor», and «Leader» bet on leading the team to return to the championships.
The arrival of Togolese Laba Kodjo to the «leader» a strong addition to the line of attack, which suffered, last season, because of the decline of the level of Swedish Marcus Berg, Kodjo is one of the most prominent players who emerged on the continent of Africa, last season, specifically in the African Confederation Cup, This has contributed to the growing popularity of the Togolese player with his Moroccan club, "Nahdet Berkane", last season, in front of strong offers made locally and continental.
In contrast, Al Ain have completed their contracts to sign Algerian international Abdulrahman Meziane from USMA in a free transfer after his contract with the latter, as Meziane is one of the stars of the Algerian league.
Al-Banafsaj continued the same approach in the deals of national players, with the signing of the rising star Al-Jazeera, Mohammed Jamal, in a free transfer, and the same for Mohammed Hilal from Ajman, while Al Ain Club has renewed the contracts of goalkeeper Khalid Issa and defenders Bandar Ahbabi and Mohammed Ahmed, along with midfielder Ahmed Berman, as well as Japanese international Tsukasa Shiotani.
For its part, the management of Al-Ahli youth did not make many adjustments in its ranks, and the club did not contract with any citizen player, especially since the team includes a great number of international national players, in addition to more than one player in the Olympic team, while the Argentine coach, Rodolfo Arwabarina, in Lead the team for the second consecutive season.
Emiliano Vecchio, Ecuadorian Jimmy Ayovi, and Moldova's Louvainur Henrique and Mauro Diaz have been retained. The Dubai Knights have only signed two deals so far: David Mariani from Levski Sofia, Bulgaria and Federico Cartabia from Deportivo Coruna, while the Dubai Knights have been active in the field of contracts with foreign players, who will be registered in the resident category, including three Brazilian players, Wesley Pereira, Gustavo Henrique and Leandro Spadacio.
Al Ain with his new dress in a difficult test in the first games of the season.
Al-Ahli's youth have not made many adjustments and are betting on stability.