Preview: Mumbai City FC aim to carry momentum against Al Jazira after historic win
Mumbai City FC will be revitalized and ready to extend their winning run when they take on Al Jazira in their AFC Champions League match, on Thursday evening at the King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh.
Des Buckingham’s side started off their campaign with a dismal 3-0 loss to Al-Shabab. However, they bounced back extremely well, having scripted history by beating the Air Force Club (Iraq) 2-1 and becoming the first-ever Indian club to win a game in the competition.
The UAE side is yet to win a point after two consecutive losses. But, coach Des Buckingham and his boys must be under no illusion how difficult the game could be. While Marcel Keizer’s men have buckled under pressure, they will be keen to face the former Indian champions and salvage something from the meeting.
This is the first time that Mumbai City FC will be facing Al Jazira.
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The Senegalese international excelled as a skipper throughout the 2021-22 Indian Super League season and carried the reputation in Asia as well. He looks in good form so far, having imparted hi defensive duties to perfection, as well as help his team in the attacking zone.
The 31-years-old defender scored an amazing goal in the last match, which also highlights his ability to work well in attack and defense. The side-back can build up momentum, which makes him a crucial contributor for this match.
Making his debut for Al-Jazira way back in 2009, Ali Mabkhout is already a club legend, having netted 183 times in 273 matches for his side. In the matches he played in the UAE Pro League this season, the striker has scored and assisted six times each. He is yet to replicate his red-hot form in the continental event, but the Mumbai City FC game could well be the game where he finds back his lost touch back.
The Mali international might be playing his first season for the UAE giants, but he’s already made his stay worth. In the 18 matches played in the UAE Pro League, Abdoulay Diaby struck eight times and assisted on three other occasions. The winger, with loads of experience under his belt from his stints in Europe, will test the Mumbai City FC defenders to the limit.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: Al Jazira vs Mumbai City FC
Date: April 14, 2022
Venue: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Kick-off time: 10:45 pm IST
Telecast: Star Sports 3
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar