Fans of Emirati football are awaiting a high-caliber confrontation between Sharjah, the Arab Gulf League titleholder, and Shabab Al-Ahly, the champion of the President’s Cup in the last edition, Friday evening at Al Maktoum Stadium in Al Nasr Club in Dubai, in the Super Gulf Cup.
The confrontation will be intense between the two parties, as Shabab Al-Ahly seek to win the fifth championship in its history, while Sharjah wants to win the title for the third time in his career, and the second for his current coach Abdulaziz Al-Anbari.
The match will be held for the first time without a public presence in the stands due to the current health conditions, and according to the tournament regulations, in the event that the original time of the match ends in a draw, it will directly resort to penalties.
The super battle is the third confrontation in the history of the confrontations between coaches Abdulaziz Al-Anbari and Mahdi Ali, led by their teams Sharjah and Shabab Al-Ahly, as he had faced one time in the league and then Sharjah won under the leadership of Al-Anbari, while it faced one time in the President’s Cup and then Shabab Al-Ahly won Led by Mahdi with a clean goal.
Sharjah is threatening its rival, Shabab Al-Ahly, to repeat the scenario of its superiority over it in the last version, and the team is armed with the brilliance of Igor Kornado and striker Wilton Suarez, who is the league’s top scorer with 11 goals.
Sharjah is considered the most likely to win the championship, given the stability and positive results that the team continued to achieve, while the last meeting between the two teams in the first round of the league had ended in a 1-1 draw.
While Shabab Al-Ahly enters this match with great spirits after its recent victory in the league over its counterpart Al-Nasr, and with a great desire to avenge its recent defeat against Sharjah, which caused the loss of the last Super title, and Mahdi Ali wants to crown his first title locally at the club level after he achieved championships. And historic achievements with national teams.
The desire of Shabab Al-Ahly to win the championship title for the fifth time in its history appears so that the club does not exit the current season empty-handed of titles, as it is currently ranked sixth in the league standings with 19 points.
The performance of Al-Ahly youth has witnessed a significant improvement in the last period, especially after Carlos Eduardo was starring next to Igor Jesus, in addition to the return of the Argentine Cartabia, and the team’s performance improved significantly, with coach Mehdi Ali, whose fingerprints began to appear on the team after he took over the task as the successor to Spanish Gerard Zaragoza.