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UAE round-up: Shika scores on league debut, while Zidan limps off
Shikabala scores and impresses on his league debut for Al Wasl in a comprehensive victory, while Zidan limps off injured for Baniyas.
In a rather exciting opening start to a new season of the UAE Pro League, Al Wasl got off to a flyer with a 4-1 humbling of Al Wahda.
They achieved this impressive result thanks- in no small part- to their attacking duo consisting of Emiliano Alfaro, who notched a hat-trick, and Egyptian international Shikabala.
The former Al Zamalek star continued his excellent start to life in the UAE, scoring his first goal for the club – just after the hour mark -when he unleashed a powerful drive at the edge of the area that left the Al Wahda keeper with no chance. He could’ve added another – few minutes before the end – with a cheeky lob that went just wide of the post.
Shikabala also displayed some of his sublime – or showboating – skills and touches throughout the match, proving what a quality and high caliber player he is. Definitely a brilliant addition for the league, and for us followers.
Watch Shikabala’s goal below:
Great start for the gifted winger, who looks to have created an excellent understanding with Alfaro. I expect more to come from him during the course of this season.
On the other hand, fellow Egyptian compatriot Mohamed Zidan wasn’t as fortunate. The former Borussia Dortmund star came off limping and in a lot of pain, just before half time for Baniyas against Al Shabab with an apparent pulled muscle – likely due to a lack of fitness.
Despite his in-fortitude, Zidan was active and involved in Baniyas’ rare attacking forays. Baniyas didn’t threaten much after he came off, so therefore, they will hoping that his injury isn’t serious and that he’s able to make a speedy recovery.
The game ended 2-0 in Al Shabab’s favor.
Follow Omar Almasri on Twitter @OAlmasri.