Togolese Malaba preoccupies Kaiser and the island's defense line
Al-Jazira tied with Al Dhafra 1-1 in the first round.
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In theory, Al-Jazeera will face an easy confrontation when it hosts Kalba at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium at 6:15 in the opening matches of the third round of the Arab Gulf League, through the difference in capabilities that is in the interest of "Abu Dhabi's pride", while on the ground the match will not be easy. Especially in light of the influential absences that the team suffers from, most notably the absence of Omar Abdel Rahman.
On the other hand, the Togolese striker, Minil Malapa, will be the main concern of Dutch coach Marcel Kaiser and the island's defense.
Malaba is considered the most dangerous player in Kalba, and the team’s goal-scorer last season with 16 goals, as he scored five goals in five matches against Al Jazira, three goals last season, by scoring one goal in the league and two goals in the Arabian Gulf Cup, while he opened the current season by scoring two goals in First round go of the Arabian Gulf Cup.
Marcel Kaiser's troubles are not limited to how to stop Malaba, but the Dutch coach faces great difficulties in choosing the players in the line of defense, especially after the expulsion of Moroccan Mohamed Rabie in the last match against Al Dhafra, while doubts are surrounding the readiness of both Mohamed Al Attas and the Serbian defender Milos Kosanovic, while International goalkeeper Ali Khasif continues to be absent.
Al-Jazira hopes to achieve his first victory in the league, after he failed in the first two rounds, by drawing away from home with Al-Nasr with a goal for each team, and tied with the same result against Al Dhafra.
For its part, Ittihad Kalba is running the match with high spirits, after it achieved its first victory in the league at the expense of Ajman in the last round, with an unanswered goal by Malaba, and it also seeks to confirm its superiority over the island, after it won the meeting of the two teams in the opening season of the Arabian Gulf Cup 2- 1.
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Omar Abdul Rahman, Ali Khasif and Mohammed Rabie.
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