Al Wahda ‘owe an overdue victory for our fans’ says Javier Aguirre

Al Wahda manager Javier Aguirre wants to see his team get back to winning ways with Tuesday night's Arabian Gulf Cup match against Emirates club.

Al Wahda manager Javier Aguirre has his side ninth in the Arabian Gulf League table with two draws. Pawan Singh / The National
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ABU DHABI // Javier Aguirre, the Al Wahda manager, wants his side to finally record their first win of the season on Tuesday in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

The Abu Dhabi club drew their opening two Arabian Gulf League games last month, and have only picked up one point from three in their cup campaign thus far.

Aguirre's side meet Emirates in the fourth round of the Cup and anything less than a win would all but end their hopes of retaining the title on Tuesday night at the Al Nahyan stadium.

“There are two reasons for us to win this game, apart from keeping our hopes alive in the Cup,” said Aguirre. “Firstly, we owe an overdue victory for our fans, and secondly we need to win to get the confidence of our players back.

“Thereafter we will see where we stand in the Cup competition because even if we win the next three games a lot will depend on the outcome of the other results.”

Wahda effectively need to win their remaining three Group A games, starting on Tuesday, to have a chance of making it to the knockout round.

Emirates are first up for them in that score before a trip to Sharjah on Sunday followed by a home fixture against Hatta next month.

“We don’t deserve to be in this situation either in the Cup or league as we haven’t played badly in both these competitions,” added Aguirre. “However, the fact remains that we don’t have enough points on the board to prove that we have played well. We need to react quickly to this fact without finding excuses.”

Aguirre will miss some of his key players for the game with centre-back Hamdan Al Kamali in the squad for the UAE’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Thailand on Thursday.

Also absent on international duty are Chilean Jorge Valdivia and Balazs Dzsudzsak, the Hungary captain.

Emirates will be arriving full of confidence after last week’s 4-0 thrashing of the promoted Hatta, who held Wahda to a scoreless result in their opening league game of the season.

In Tuesday's other games, Sharjah travel to Hatta while Al Nasr and Al Shabab clash in a top of the table clash in Group B at the Al Maktoum stadium.

On Wednesday, Kalba meet Dibba and Al Ahli will be at home to Baniyas in the early Group B fixtures, and Al Jazira face Group A leaders Al Wasl at the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium in the late game.

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