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Big debut test for new Bani Yas coach

Abu Dhabi: Bani Yas’ new coach Adnan Hamad has his task cut out straight away as his side take on Kuwait’s Al Qadsia in the Asian Champions League play-offs here on Saturday (8pm).

The former Iraq coach signed an 18-month deal with the club on Thursday after the Bani Yas management decided to part company with Uruguayan coach Jorge da Silva following the team’s back-to-back defeats against Al Wahda and Al Nasr in the Arabian Gulf League.

Hamad was the coach of Iraq in 2000 for two months and then again reinstated three times, the most recent being in 2008. Hamad agreed that he had very little time ahead of the crucial tie but will try his best to get the desired result.

“It is just two days and in that short span you can’t do much,” Hamad said on Friday. “However, I will let the team play its same brand of football, but tactically I can do a few things.

“I’m here because the team is not doing well. I will try my best to make sure they reach the group stages of the AFC but to do that, obviously, we have to get over this match. We have to try and get a favourable result.

“We need to work as a team. I have been well updated of the UAE and have been keeping a close watch.”

Al Qadsia SC made it to the second round of qualifiers for the 2014 AFC Champions League after they secured a 1-0 win over Omani champions Al Suwaiq and coach Mohammad Ebrahim was keen to build on the momentum.

“We are very much familiar with our opposition Bani Yas,” he said. “They are a good team but we are not going to be worried about them. We are keen on concentrating on our game.”