Winning the title is a must for Al Ahed's Akaïchi
Kuala Lumpur: Since joining Al Ahed FC last July, Ahmed Akaïchi has established himself as a favourite among the fans who believe that the Tunisian forward is the man who will help the Lebanese giants win the 2019 AFC Cup title.
After plying his trade in Tunisia, Germany and Saudi Arabia, Akaïchi accepted the offer of Al Ahed; a move that showed the intentions of the Lebanese champions to not only strengthen their local dominance but also take it to the next level.
Indeed, Akaïchi helped Al Ahed win the Lebanese Super Cup last September after scoring a brace against Al Ansar, before netting a decisive goal against Jordan’s Al Jazeera in the second leg of the 2019 AFC Cup West Asia Zonal final to lead Al Ahed to the final of the competition for the first time in their history.
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With only 90 minutes away from winning the title, Al Ahed will be looking for more goals from Akaïchi when they meet DPR Korea's 4.25 SC in the final in Kuala Lumpur on Monday..
“After playing in different countries, I wanted to have a change,” said Akaïchi in an exclusive interview with the-AFC.com.
“I played in Saudi Arabia and had three good seasons and I came to Lebanon because I wanted a new challenge.
“Al Ahed have a great ambition to win the AFC Cup, which also motivated me to join the club,” he added.
Speaking of the quick success he has had since joining Al Ahed, the 30-year-old forward said he is determined to lead Al Ahed from the front against 4.25 SC on Monday.
“Al Ahed are a big team and I managed to blend in quickly,” he said. “When I joined the team, one of my main targets was winning the AFC Cup which motivated me to be here.
“I managed to score important goals,” he added. “However, the most important thing now is to win the final of the AFC Cup.”
While Al Ahed will be playing the final of the AFC Cup for the first time, Akaïchi boasts a ton of experience after featuring for Tunisia in three Africa Cup of Nations campaigns, emerging top scorer in the 2015 edition.
“I played in several big competitions and I was the top scorer of the 2015 African Cup of Nations,” he said. “I hope that this experience will help me and hopefully, I can share it with the younger players in the team.
“Winning the AFC Cup title will be something big for me. I won a lot of titles with my previous clubs and had a great career with the national team but I have big motivation to win the AFC Cup title with Al Ahed.”
Akaïchi said winning on Monday will not only be a triumph for the players but also the Al Ahed fans, who have established a strong relationship with the forward since his arrival in Lebanon.
“Al Ahed fans are looking forward to us winning the title and they are happy with my performance and what I have done so far. I hope that I can achieve more success with the team and hopefully, the AFC Cup title will be for us.”
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