x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Arabian Gulf League: Chafni powers Al Dhafra's tournament win with three goals

Kamel Chafni ,fired a hat trick, and Ali Abbas scored the other as Al Dhafra emerged 4-3 winners in the final at the Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed stadium in the early hours of Wednesday.

Abdulsalam Jumaa, the Al Dhafra captain, was all praise for his team after they came back three times from behind to defeat El Marreikh of Sudan to clinch the four-team friendly tournament.

Kamel Chafni, the new Moroccan midfielder, fired a hat trick, and Ali Abbas, another recent local addition, scored the other as they emerged 4-3 winners in the final at the Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed stadium in the early hours of Wednesday.

"For a team like us to win the competition we hosted was a massive shot in the arm," Jumaa said.

"What impressed me most was the fighting spirit they displayed. This result and the way they came back from behind to win the game augers well for the team."

Dhafra amassed 36 points, the highest in the history of the club in the Arabian Gulf League, to finish a creditable eighth in the 12-team competition last season.

"We are looking for the same objectives, if not better, although we face a tougher task with every team in the top flight prepared with their own high ambitions for the season ahead," Jumaa said.

"Our target would certainly be to improve the previous achievement in the league and then try to go as far as possible in the two Cup competitions."

Dhafra has retained only one of their four foreigners - Makhete Diop. The new signings Chafni, Emanuel Clottey, the Ghanaian forward, and Bilal Najjarine, the Lebanese defender, complete the quartet.

Dhafra leave for Germany for their overseas camp on Sunday and will be back on September 1.

 

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