Fu­ture looks bright for the Or­ange Brigade

Sport360 - - Regional Arabian Gulf League - By Matthew Jones @Mat­tJones360 mat­tjones@sport360.com

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.

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