Al Wahda get set for Al Nassr challenge
Kuala Lumpur: Al Wahda FSCC's preparations for the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout stage and new UAE Pro League season are gathering pace with the squad based in the Netherlands since June 25.
Head coach Maurice Steijn is using the camp to familiarise himself with the squad, with the Dutchman having taking over from compatriot Hank ten Cate just two weeks ago.
Steijn has had to hit the ground running as Al Wahda, who finished third in the 2018-19 UAE Pro League, will be in 2019 AFC Champions League action in just under a month.
They will face Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr in the first leg of the Round of 16 on August 5 with the return leg a week later.
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Having enjoyed a bright end to the 2018-19 season, Al Wahda will be aiming to extend their AFC Champions League campaign and the ongoing training camp in Gilze, which includes six friendly matches, is crucial to their hopes.
The winners of the Al Wahda-Al Nassr tie will face either Al Duhail or Al Sadd, who clash in an all-Qatar Round of 16 tie, in the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals.
Al Wahda have been busy reinforcing their squad with left-back Al Husain Saleh signed on a season-long loan deal from Al Nasr.
Among other players the Abu Dhabi heavyweights have also brought in are Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Milesi on a season-long loan from Al Dhafra and signed Brazilian 18-year-old midfielder Eduardo Voltan da Silva, better known as 'Dudu.'
The 2018-19 UAE season kicks off on August 22.
Photo: Al Wahda
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