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Bani Yas challenge in ACL ends in humiliation

Abu Dhabi: It was a nightmarish start for Bani Yas new coach Adnan Hamad as his side received a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Al Qadsia of Kuwait in the Asian Champions League (ACL) on Saturday and dropped out of the competition.

Mesad Nada and Omar Al Soma scored a goal apiece in the first half, before Saleh Al Shaikh and Fahed Al Ebrahim completed the scoring with two more strikes. Al Qadsia now meet Qatar’s Al Jaish, who were 5-1 winners over Nasaf Qarshi of Uzbekistan.

A disappointed Bani Yas coach Hamad said: “Qadsia were better prepared and had very good fitness. I advised the team that they were good on the free-kicks and they used two set pieces to score in the first half.”

However, Al Qadsia coach Mohammad Ebrahim, who had travelled to watch Bani Yas play Al Nasr in the Arabian Gulf League last week, defended his opposite number.

“Our reading of Bani Yas was very good,” said Ebrahim. “We won, but I don’t want to consider this result as a failure for Adnan Hamad because he is a big name in the Arab world and has just started with the team. Two days is not enough time to learn the abilities of the players.”

Ebrahim went on to praise his team, which is made up of amateur players. “The team is exhausted because we play in many competitions, the local league and in Asia as well as winning the domestic Crown Prince Cup last month,” he said. “I would like to praise the effort of my players because they are amateurs, not professionals.”

Just 10 minutes into play, Al Qadsia opened the scoring through a curling free-kick fired in from 30 yards by Nada.

Al Soma doubled the lead by diverting home a corner from Saif Al Hashem’s pass, leaving Bani Yas goalkeeper Mohsin Al Hashmi rooted to the spot.

In the 72nd minute, substitute Al Shaikh played a one-two with Al Hashem before finding the net with a low shot.

Seven minutes from time, Al Ebrahim completed the rout by scoring from close range.