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Dubai fire Umberto Barberis after latest defeat

Abu Dhabi: Dubai Club fired their Swiss coach Umberto Barberis following their 2-0 home defeat by Al Jazira on Thursday night, which left the club rooted to the bottom of the Arabian Gulf League table.

Dubai are on a run of four matches without scoring a single goal and have collected only nine points from their 19 league matches all season.

Egyptian Hani Ramzy replaced him as head coach as the club bid to save their season and avoid relegation to the amateur division.

Ramzy was a former international defender who started his career with Al Ahli in Cairo before going to play in Switzerland with Neuchatel Xamax from 1990 to 1994, in Germany with Werder Bremen from 1994 to 1998 and Kaiserslautern from 1998 to 2005, and in Austria with FC Saarbrucken.

His coaching career started in 2008 as an assistant at Egyptian club ENPPI. He also worked with Egypt’s youth teams and last season was in charge of local club Wadi Delga.

On Thursday, Dubai were downed by a double from Al Jazira’s Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo.

The third-placed visitors dominated play despite the absence of strikers Abdul Aziz Barrada and Ali Mabkhoot, who are both serving suspensions.

Former Manchester City striker Caicecdo, who joined in the winter transfer window, scored his first goal for Al Jazira in the 38th minute following good footwork by youngster Ahmad Rabie. He added his second in the 81st minute with another assist from Rabie on the right flank.

The day’s other early game saw Al Shabab maintain their pursuit of leaders Al Ahli with a 1-0 win over stubborn Ajman.

Brazilian striker Adeilson scored the only goal in the 78th minute, heading home a corner form Abdullah Faraj to break the strugglers’ impressive resistance.