Friday’s cover: Al Ahli’s captain fantastic

Ahmed Khalil and his Al Ahli teammates make the front cover of The National Sport’s edition for Friday, April 15 following their 1-0 win over rivals Al Ain on Thursday that has put them firmly in the driving seat to secure the Arabian Gulf League title.

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Ahmed Khalil and his Al Ahli teammates make the front cover of The National Sport's edition for Friday, April 15 following their 1-0 win over rivals Al Ain on Thursday that has put them firmly in the driving seat to secure the Arabian Gulf League title.

Ahmed Khalil’s goal just before half time settled the game and allowed the Dubai club to pull six points clear at the top of the table with just three rounds remaining.

As is par for the course with games between these two sides, there were plenty of flashpoints. Read about them in John McAuley's match report.

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