The Arab Gulf League train stopped after the end of round 12 last Thursday, giving the teams a breathtaking opportunity after a compressed period of matches, as it witnessed the establishment of five rounds in only 23 days, in addition to the establishment of the round of 16 in the President’s Cup.
Shabab Al-Ahly won the winter title early before one round of the end of the first leg, after widening the difference between it and its direct chaser Sharjah to five points, in contrast, the modest results of the Al Ain team continued this season, to come to the fifth place, despite the temporary awakening that was after winning Unity, but the loss was followed by Al-Ahly youth.
And the football fans considered in a vote for «Emirates Today» on social media, about his opinion of who is responsible for Al Ain’s retreat this season, and the last loss of Al Ahly youth, and his departure from the competition in the league title, was considered only 17.1% of the total number of voters who number 956 Participating that the coach bears responsibility for the retreat that occurs to the eye, including the recent loss from Al-Ahly youth, while 42.5% of them saw that the loss was a result of the strength of Al-Ahly youth, and 20.5% considered that the most prominent responsibility rests with foreigners, while a similar percentage went almost 20% to bear the players Citizens are responsible, i.e. 41% have held responsibility for Players).
Sports analyst Khaled Obaid said that Al Ain was not ready for the summit of Round 12, noting that the former Iraqi interim coach Fahd Ghazi did not have a bench that could deal with the course of the match. He told «Emirates Today»: «Al-Ain not only lost in the match as a result but also because of instability since the beginning of the season, with the many changes in the team at the technical and administrative levels, including the change of the technical staff and the board of directors, which is a scene that we are not accustomed to in Al Ain, the team Most crowned titles ».
It is noteworthy that Al-Ain contracted a few days ago with the Portuguese coach, Pedro Emmanuel, who will take over from Iraqi coach Fahad Ghazi, who temporarily led Al-Ain following the dismissal of the Croatian Liko.
Obaid added: "Al-Ain did not succeed from earlier in attracting foreign players or citizens on the level of the needs of the team that missed players who had a great impact when they missed the formation, which greatly affected the technical side and the general shape of the team in the championship matches."
And remains the biggest winner in the league so far, Al-Ahly youth, who presented himself strongly with this season, and is considered the most convincing and score-pointing, and the strongest defense yet, which gives indications to a real champion, after he succeeded in showing that already in round 12 against Al-Ain in the last stronghold, After he turned his delay to one goal with a victory in the second half, and in the absence of the best attacking players in the team and the championship.
The last round witnessed many fluctuations, as the second loss in a row for Sharjah was at its court against Al Wahda, and a sudden defeat for Al-Jazeera despite the Stars Battalion, and at its stadium against victory, to lose the land owner in the three summits that were held in this round, namely Al-Ain, Al-Jazeera and Sharjah. Sharjah may benefit from a three-week hiatus, which may bring the first Brazilian star Igor back home.
On the other hand, the unit may benefit from stopping to equip the injured, while victory has achieved the most important, and entered the third place with 23 points equal to the island.
In Al Wasl, the good news was the strong return of its Brazilian star Lima, who led the team to seventh place with 18 points, and became a competitor for the scorers, while Al Dhafra became the difficult number in the last three rounds.
To see the top scorers and standings after the conclusion of Round 12, please click on this link.