AGL: Top picks from round 24

Matt Monaghan 20:25 30/04/2017
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[Photo Credit: Al Jazira Twitter]

Al Jazira were crowned champions in the Arabian Gulf League on Saturday with a 5-0 win over Hatta.

Here’s a look at our top picks in round 24.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MOURAD BATNA (EMIRATES CLUB)

If this brace in the vital win against Ittihad Kalba is the Moroccan winger’s parting gift, the Falcons will be forever in his debt. The Al Wahdabound star’s brace has increased hopes of staying up, ahead of Wednesday’s clash at Bani Yas.

COACH OF THE WEEK

HENK TEN CATE (AL JAZIRA)

A 5-0 dismantling of Hatta was the perfect way to wrap up the title. Ten Cate has revitalised an ailing club, who are, unquestionably, worthy winners. With him also turning down the Netherlands job, the challenge is ensuring more follow.

Al Jazira boss Henk ten Cate.

GOAL OF THE WEEK

ASAMOAH GYAN (AL AHLI)

It’s been a season to forget for Al Ahli loanee Asamoah Gyan, but there was a reminder of his epic contribution to UAE football during the 2-2 draw versus Sharjah.

His penalty marked a double landmark, as his 100-goal tally saw him overtake Anderson Barbosa as the competition’s leading foreign goal scorer. Sadly, this is more of a testament to his prowess at Al Ain from 2011-15.


TALKING POINTS

WHAT’S BEHIND WAHDA WOES?

Al Wahda suffered a cruel evening against rivals Al Ain, levelling up from two-goals down before conceding an awful 94th-minute winner. The President’s Cup final awaits, but such a talented team should not be languishing in a distant fifth.

Wasted chances detailed the early months, while they now haven’t earned an AGL clean sheet since January. Coach Javier Aguirre will leave in the summer. His successor faces a puzzling task getting such a fine squad back on track.

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