Future looks bright for the Orange Brigade
Ayman El Ramady saw enough from his players in defeat to champions Al Jazira to suggest that Ajman can secure Arabian Gulf League survival on their return to the top-flight following a three-year hiatus.
The Orange Brigade were bright and busy at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, stifling Henk ten Cate’s hosts but also creating problems for a side whose rampant form last season and summer transfer business suggests they will once again be the team to beat in 2017/18. Ex-Al Dhafra and Al Shaab coach El Ramady was encouraged by his team’s performance. “I’m happy for the team and I think we deserved one point,” said Egyptian El Ramady. “We need to maintain these performances.”
Brazilian attacker Adeilson, Burkina Faso journeyman Bakary Kone and Uzbekistan’s ex-Al Shabab midfielder Azizbek Haydarov were added in the summer, but El Ramady says Ajman’s hopes of survival are linked to completing their foreign quota. “It’s possible to survive in this league. But this depends,” added El Ramady.
“We need to complete our foreign quota. We have good foreign players but we need to sign a fourth one and get the best. We need to maximise our quota as they will provide 60 per cent of the strength of the team.
“Overall the local players are doing a good job but we had only two foreigners and Jazira have the best four in the league. There are many reasons for only playing two foreigners and we are looking for another one. Unfortunately, the one we wanted signed for someone in Saudi so the market is difficult right now. There are limitations on finding a suitable player.”
Looking ahead: Ayman El Ramady.