Club hope for a ‘little miracle’
Baniyas pick old hand Abdulqadir to stave relegation
ABU DHABI // A Baniyas official has acknowledged that having a third coach at this stage of the season is difficult for the incoming manager but they are banking on Abdulwahab Abdulqadir and his familiarity at the club to achieve the tough task of avoiding relegation.
The table-bottom team replaced Jose Gomes with the Iraqi, the most successful manager at Baniyas over two spells. Abdulqadir led them to two historic achievements, winning the President’s Cup in 1992 and earning a promotion to Division 1 in 1988 during his first five-year stint.
Abdulqadir “is a familiar face in UAE football and we are confident on him to do a little miracle for us,” said Jassim Abdullah Al Shrfa, head of the board of directors.
“We have a contract with him not bound by a time-period. He can continue with this role as long as possible. Abdulwahab, for sure, has a very difficult job and we feel he’s the man who can do it for us.” Gomes was a replacement for Baniyas’ summer appointment Pablo Repetto.
“I didn’t blink an eyelid when I was offered the job,” Abdulqadir said.
“I have a lot of good memories with them. I have, of course, come during a difficult period and my first task would be to raise the confidence of the players. There are a few technical matters that need to be taken care of. “However, my immediate task is to prepare them for the next game against Hatta on Saturday. If we can achieve a good result, then we can take it from there.”
Abdulqadir arrived in the UAE in 1983 as the youth team coach of Al Shabab for four years before taking charge of the first team at Baniyas.
He returned there in 1996 after a two-year spell as the youth coach at Al Wahda. He won the coach of year award in 2012/13 after leading Ajman to the Etisalat Cup title.