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Darko Milanic: We took advantage of the International break by preparing for the upcoming matches.


This evening, the introductory press conference was held for the Baniyas match against the Emirates for the seventeenth round of the ADNOC Professional League, in the presence of coach Darko Milanic and player Hussein Abbas.

At the beginning of his speech, the coach spoke about the international break that passed, as the team worked a lot during this period to prepare for the upcoming matches.

He added: "In the previous period, we faced teams competing for the league. Now we are preparing to face teams struggling to stay in the league. These are, of course, different matches and the preparation for them is different, and we are ready to face the Emirates Club."

The coach also added: “We faced some difficulties during the pause period, namely the absence of international players Youssef Nyakaté and Taulant Safiri, as well as Khamis Al Mansouri due to their joining their country’s national teams, which affected the preparations of the team’s offensive line, but other than that, all the players did a great job during the pause period.” .

Speaking about the Emirates team, the coach pointed out that the Emirates team has players of distinguished quality, especially in the offensive line, who can create danger at any time of the match. Therefore, we must have high morale and focus from the beginning of the match so that we can conduct the match as we want.

He added: "The UAE team enters the match in high spirits after its recent victory over the Khor Fakkan team, and for our part, we must have the necessary confidence to achieve victory and come away with the three points."

Speaking about the situation of Baniyas in the second round, the coach explained: “In the second round we played great matches, but we were not able to score points, whether against Al Ain, Shabab Al Ahli, or even Al Wasl, unlike what happened in the first round, as the team was not performing at the required level.” He doesn't create chances, but he gets points in the match."

Regarding the team’s readiness, the coach confirmed that there are doubts about the participation of Taulant Seferi and Youssef Nyakaté because they played international matches with their countries’ teams just hours before the match with the UAE. The same applies to the player Khamis Al Mansouri, who is joining the UAE Olympic team in Saudi Arabia. There are also doubts about the participation of the captain. Lieutenant General Fawaz Awana due to injury.

The player Hussein Abbas also spoke, who explained that the UAE match will be a difficult match against a stubborn opponent on his home field as he struggles to survive and seeks to score all possible points, but of course the Baniyas team is ready for this confrontation and we will go to score full points.”

Abbas added: “We went through a good preparation period and trained on the coach’s plans and ideas in preparation for the coming period, as the team is determined to change the image and correct the course in the upcoming matches.”

Abbas concluded: “I was suffering from an injury in the previous period, which prevented me from being with the team, but now I am ready and at the coach’s command to play the upcoming matches.”


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