The pre-match press conference for Al-Nasr and Baniyas match was held yesterday evening in the presence of Coach Schaefer and the player Khaled Al-Attas, the media and, newspapers in the press conference hall in Shamkha.
Coach Schaefer said that we are facing the problem of numerous absences, such as the Celie Samuel’s injury, the departure of Ahmed Malallah, Hamad Raqea, and Salem Al Hammadi to national service, also, the absence of Mohamed Al Hammadi and Khaled Al Boloushi for their presence with the Olympic team.
Schaefer added that Ahmed Shehda suffers from groin pain, as well as the player Joao Victor, who did not train with the team in the last two days, but we are working to find successful replacements, and this will become clear to us during the training.
Al Samawi coach said: “despite the absences, we are ready because our players are playing with spirit, determination, and strength, and this will give us a strong motivation to go to the match and not be afraid of losing or receiving a negative result.”
Schaefer congratulated Al-Nasr club for winning the Arabian Gulf Cup title, emphasizing that they have the best striker in the league, which is Negredo. In general, Al-Nasr club is one step ahead of us in terms of experience factor, but that doesn’t create any concerns or problems for us.
Schaefer said that we will change the tactics and playing methods and we will not rely on the striker position because we have not yet compensated for the absence of Pedro, but the victory does not come only through relying on a striker, but from the work of all players and everyone can score.
About the club's signings, the coach said that we have brought the player Richard, and he will be a valuable tactical addition to us because he has great experience and this is precisely what we wanted from the new additions, yet he is the captain of the national team of Azerbaijan and a true leader on the pitch.
From his part, Khaled Al-Attas was present at the conference and expressed the positive status of the team, he also stressing that Al Samawi is aiming for the three points and we will do our best to provide the best performance and to make everyone happy.