Tin Kat and Mahdi Ali lament the "final touch"

Al-Ahly youth causes a crisis for unity before the “El Clasico” match

Muhammad Barghash was injured during the meeting of Al-Wahda and Al-Ahly youth.

Photography: Mohamed Naguib

Al-Wahda team received a painful blow, after its 0-0 draw against Shabab Al-Ahly at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the day before yesterday, in the fifth round of the ADNOC Professional League, as it was confirmed that Mohamed Barghash and Faris Jumaa were absent from the next match of "Al Annabi" against Al Ain, next Wednesday, in the sixth round of the league at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.

Al-Wahda coach, Dutch Henk Tin Kat, confirmed that Mohamed Barghash may miss several weeks from the team due to the injury he suffered in front of Al-Ahly youth, while Tin Kat indicated that Faris Jumaa will miss the “Clásico” due to the accumulation of yellow cards, after receiving three warnings. In the matches of Al-Uruba, Al-Wasl and Al-Ahly youth.

Al-Wahda has the strongest line of defense in the league, after five rounds passed, with only two goals entering the team’s goal, and the absence of both Barghash and Juma’a from “Al Annabi” in the upcoming confrontation against Al Ain constitutes a real crisis for the technical staff.

Tin Kat lamented the absence of the final touch from the offensive line, and said in a press conference: “We played a good and strong match, but the result of the draw is not satisfactory for us, and we missed three chances in the second half, as we are well organized in the defense and midfield, but We clearly have a problem up front that we are working on.”

He added, "For the match, we played against a strong opponent, who has great players, and this was evident in the way they kept the ball in the middle of the field, in return, we were good in the line of defense."

He concluded his statements by saying: "Unfortunately, we will miss the services of Mohamed Barghash in the coming weeks due to injury, and Faris Jumaa will be absent, because he received the third warning, and this matter will affect the team, especially as Juma gets the ball well."

For his part, Al-Ahly youth coach, Mahdi Ali, also complained about the absence of the final touch to the offensive line, and said in a press conference: “We played a difficult and tactical match against Al-Wahda, and the team appeared well, if not for the lack of the final touch in front of the goal.”

He continued, "I think the team played a good match, and we deserved to have a better result, compared to the fact that we had more chances than unity."

And he added, “The team missed the final touch, although we had made some changes to introduce the most prepared elements, in light of our suffering from fatigue in previous matches,” adding: “In the end, the tie is a positive result, because the match brought us together with a great team, at home and in front of His fans, and I think that Al Wahda also played a great match, and we expected a difficult and tactical meeting against him.”

Mohamed Barghash and Faris Jumaa will miss Al-Wehda in the sixth round summit next Wednesday, in the "El Clasico" match against Al-Ain.

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