Mahdi Ali: Al-Fujairah is a dress rehearsal for the cup final

Al-Ahly youth coach Mahdi Ali affirmed that facing Fujairah tomorrow in the 23rd round of the Arab Gulf League is of great importance, pointing out that it is an important rehearsal before the "Dubai Knights" play the victory match in the final of the Arabian Gulf Cup.

Mahdi said in a press conference: "The match is important for the two teams, its importance for us is to maintain our position and move forward a step forward in the ranking table, as well as a mission for Fujairah, who is struggling to survive in the professional league, and we are ready for it, and I consider it a dress rehearsal for the final of the Arabian Gulf Cup."

He added, "It is good that the match comes after a pause, which was appropriate for the return of some players from the period of pressured matches, and a sufficient period for the technical staff to prepare the team for the League matches, the final of the Arab Gulf Cup and the Asian Championship."

Regarding the possibility of replacing Argentine Federico Cartabia in the team’s list in the AFC Champions League, he said: “Cartabia is one of the important players, and we always expect anything to happen, and the player has suffered many injuries and because of them participated in 60% of the matches, I cannot judge this situation because I did not I was in the preparation period, and the AFC system allows every team 7 days before the first match to change the list. We have enough 8 days to know the readiness of the player in Asia, and I do not want to anticipate events and everything that may happen, and we will choose the most ready player. "

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