Al-Salmiya seeks redemption after Crown Prince Cup upset

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Firas Al-Khatib, Al-Fahaheel’s Syrian coach.

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: In the ninth round of the Zain Premier League, a pivotal match is scheduled to take place today at Thamer Stadium at six forty-five in the evening, featuring a clash between Salmiya and Fahaheel.

This encounter marks the initial meeting between the two teams in the current season. However, in the previous season, they faced off four times in the league competition, with Al-Fahaheel securing victories in two instances (3-2 and 2-0) and Al-Salmiya claiming one win (2-1). The teams also played to a draw in the fourth match, ending 2-2.

Al-Salmiya, currently positioned fifth in the standings with 13 points (tied with Kazma and Al-Nasr), is eager to regain confidence and resume its winning streak. The team faced an unexpected setback in the Crown Prince Cup, exiting in the preliminary round with a surprising defeat to Burgan by two goals. Al-Salmiya later settled for a draw against Al-Qadisiyah in the eighth round of the league (1-1), following three consecutive victories.

The stakes are high for both teams in tonight’s confrontation. Salmiya’s coach, Mohammed Al-Mishaan, is determined to restore balance and boost his players’ confidence. Anything other than a victory may jeopardize the team’s standing in the rankings and could potentially lead to changes in the coaching staff, mirroring recent developments in other clubs like Al-Arabi, Kazma, Khaitan, Al-Jahra, and Al-Kuwait.

Similarly, the match holds significance for Al-Fahaheel, currently sharing eighth place with Khaitan (5 points). Seeking its second victory in the competition, Al-Fahaheel aims to distance itself  from the danger zone. The team faced elimination from the preliminary round of the Crown Prince Cup against Al-Qadisiyah, with a 5-4 penalty shootout loss after a 2-2 tie in normal and extra time.

Firas Al-Khatib, Al-Fahaheel’s Syrian coach, is optimistic about tonight’s match and hopes for a second victory, steering clear of the danger zone. However, similar to Al-Mishaan, a defeat could place his coaching position in jeopardy.

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