Champions Al Ahli will be keen to add to their string of successes when they take on Al Arabi Club in their quarter-finals of the UAE Beach Soccer President’s Cup at the Al Mamzar Beach on Friday (14th sep).
The UAE Beach Soccer President’s Cup will take off with Al Ahli taking on Al Arabi Club in the tournament opener at 3.30 pm on Friday, while Ittihad Kalba will face Dubai’s Al Shabab Club in the day’s second quarter-final.
The next two quarter-finals will be played on Saturday with Ajman Club facing Fujairah Club at 3.30 pm and Al Nasr Club taking on neighbours Al Wasl.
The winners will advance to the semi-finals that are scheduled to be played on September 21, while the play-off for third and the final will be held the following day with Dubai Sports Channel telecasting the matches live.
This year too organisers Dubai Sports Council have encouraged clubs to procure the services of foreign players, with a lot more emphasis laid on recruiting locally available players residing in the UAE.
“This is an ideal opportunity for UAE residents who are keen followers of Beach Soccer,” noted Ali Omar of the Dubai Sports Council.
However, champions Al Ahli have spiced up things by retaining the services of former Switzerland captain Stephan Meier once again while also luring a top Brazilian player into their fold for this campaign.
“The deadline for registering foreign pros by teams is Sunday (9th sep) and things will be clearer in a few days time,” said Badr Hareb from the Dubai Sports Council.
“This will be an intense two weekends of action and we encourage Dubai residents to come and take in some good beach soccer,” he added.