x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Ajman's super Mario

The Brazilian Ze Mario will take charge of Ajman for the rest of the season after the sacking of Abdul Wahab Abdul Kader.

The Brazilian Ze Mario will take charge of Ajman for the rest of the season after the sacking of Abdul Wahab Abdul Kader following the team's fourth successive defeat which left them to seventh in the Pro League. Ze Mario, 60, led Al Wasl to a league and cup double in 2006-2007, but he did not have the same success last season, after which he stepped down to take a job in Qatar with Al Arabi.

Ajman's spokesman Abdulla al Jarah said: "Ze Mario has been around the Gulf region for a long time and the club management felt he has the experience to see the team remain in the Pro League." Ze Mario's coaching career started with the Brazilian club Botafogo in 1982. He spent three years in Al Ain from 1988 and had spells with the national teams of Saudi Arabia, in 1995, and Qatar three years later. He has also managed Internacional and Guarani in his homeland, Japan's Kashima Antlers and Saudi league teams Ittifaq and Al Shabab.

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