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Ossama Assaidi: We will give it our all to go for the President’s Cup

Moroccan midfielder Ossama Assaidi says his Al Ahli side must readjust focus ahead of Saturday’s President’s Cup Quarter Final with Dubai, which comes sandwiched in between a two-legged affair with Al Ain in the AFC Champions League Round of 16. Assaidi contributed one of the two goals which saw Al Ahli past relegated side Kalba with a 2-1 win, setting up a last-8 tie with First Division side Dubai, but whilst their opponents have had a whole week to regroup for the upcoming fixture, Al Ahli face a quick turnaround after Wednesday night’s gritty 0-0 draw in the continental competition.
Looking forward to Saturday’s fixture away at the Dubai Club Stadium in Al Awir, Assaidi commented on the juggling of matches in two different competitions, saying: “It’s not easy to go from the AFC Champions League game straight into preparing for the President’s Cup with just 3 days in between, but we have to be focused. We played very well in midweek against Al Ain although we missed some good chances, but we have to keep going now for the next game in a different tournament.” And refusing to prioritise one over the other, Assaidi added: “It’s very important for us to stay in the President’s Cup; we will give it our all and go for it.”
With just two matches separating Al Ahli from reaching a 10th President’s Cup Final, Assaidi is determined that his side will keep fighting and go all the way, commenting: “We will give everything we have in every game, and we will have to wait and see what happens. But for sure we don’t want our season to finish before the Final on 3rd June.”



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