He hasn't achieved any league wins yet

The 2017 scenario worries "the engineer" in his third term with the youth of Al-Ahly

  • Al-Ahly youth coach Mahdi Ali looks forward to victory over Al-Nasr.

    Photography: Osama Abu Ghanem

  • Shabab Al-Ahly tied with Al Wasl 2-2 in the league.

    Photography: Osama Abu Ghanem


Tomorrow, Al-Ahly youth are facing a difficult confrontation in front of Al-Nasr Stadium in the 13th round of the Arab Gulf League, as despite the club's football company changing the Spanish coach Gerard Zaragoza, and appointing coach Mahdi Ali, the team has not yet achieved any victory in the league led by "Al-Muhandis", since achieving its last victory in the league, when Shabab Al-Ahly beat Al-Dhafra 2-1 on April 20, 2018.

Mahdi Ali led the Al-Ahly youth team three matches in the league, as he lost in the first match against Fujairah 2-3, while a 0-0 draw with Bani Yas, with two goals for each team with Al Wasl, and in case the Dubai Knights failed to win over Al Nasr, after Tomorrow, "the engineer" will repeat his negative record with Al-Ahly youth, which he achieved in his second term with the team.

Mahdi Ali coached Al-Ahly youth in the 2017-2018 season after the dismissal of the Romanian coach Ulario Cosmin, and did not win the first four matches in which he led the team, after his career with Al-Ahly youth started with a loss in front of Al-Wasl, a draw with Hatta, then a loss from Ajman and a draw with Al-Ain, before To achieve his first victory at the expense of the Emirates, 57 days after assuming the task.

And Al-Ahly youth failed to win five consecutive matches for the first time since 2017, when the team achieved a negative number, which is the worst in its history, by not winning in 10 consecutive matches, as it drew under the leadership of Romanian coach Ulario Cosmin in six matches against Sharjah, Al-Wahda, Al-Jazira, Dibba Al-Fujairah, Al-Nasr and Al-Dhafra, The Romanian coach was dismissed and Mahdi Ali was appointed, who lost to Al Wasl, tied with Hatta, lost from Ajman, tied with Al Ain, and ended the negative record by beating the Emirates.

On the other hand, the current season witnessed the absence of "Dubai Knights" from the victories in the last five matches the team fought in the league, with its draw with Sharjah and Al Dhafra and its loss against Fujairah, and finally a tie against Bani Yas and Al Wasl, as Shabab Al Ahly is the most equal team in the league this season. After tied in seven matches against Al Ain, Al Wahda, Khor Fakkan, Sharjah, Al Dhafra, Baniyas and Al Wasl, and won only three matches against Al Ittihad Kalba, Hatta and Ajman, and lost two matches against Al Jazeera and Fujairah.

Mahdi Ali is one of the most important national coaches in recent years, and he has a career, experience and great achievements, most notably his leadership of the Olympic team to qualify for the first time in its history to the Olympic Games by participating in the London Olympics in 2012, and he also achieved the Asian Cup with the 2010 youth team and the silver of the Asian Games With the Olympic team in the same year, while he led the national team to win the 2013 Gulf Cup, and achieved third place in the Asian Cup with the "white" in 2015, before he resigned from his post in March 2017 due to failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

On the other hand, “Al-Muhandis” previously coached Al-Ahly youth on two occasions in 2009 and 2017, and the Baniyas team in 2011, and the irony is that his two previous experiences with Al-Ahly youth were temporary, as he led the team in 2009 in 12 matches from November to February 2010, He won his first term in six matches, one draw, and lost five times.

As for the second term, he came in December 2017 to succeed the Romanian coach Cosmin, and he led the team until the end of the season in May 2018, and played 19 matches with the team, winning eight matches, losing six games, and tied in five matches.

It is noteworthy that Shabab Al-Ahly ranks eighth on the league standings list this season with 16 points, 13 points behind leaders Sharjah after the 12th round.


Matches where Mahdi Ali led Shabab Al-Ahly in the 2017-2018 season without tasting victory.

Shabab Al-Ahly ranks eighth on the league standings list with 16 points.

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