The Pro League Committee (PLC) have confirmed that the Arabian Gulf Super Cup between Al Jazira and Al Wahda will now be played in January 2018 following a request from the match organisers to postpone the fixture.
Arabian Gulf League champions Al Jazira and President’s Cup winners Al Wahda were scheduled to meet on September 15 at Cairo’s June 30 Stadium but the Abu Dhabi sides will now meet in the middle of the season.
No exact date has been finalised but Mohammed Kamel, chairman of Presentation Sports, who are responsible for organising the match, said the reason for postponement was to ensure they can deliver a spectacle football fans can enjoy.
“Our desire to deliver a highly- successful event is the main reason for rescheduling,” he said. “We will give our best to produce a match that meets the expectations of football fans in both countries.
“We are hoping to organise a more special edition and work hand in hand with the PLC and the clubs to produce a match that pleases everyone.
“Our perspective of the match is to promote Emirati football, which is why we preferred to reschedule the match because of some organisational and marketing issues. We are preparing a lot of surprises for Emirati and Egyptian fans”.
Yousef Mohammed Rasool Al Khoory, vice-president of the PLC executive office, revealed both teams agreed to the change, having held talks with Presentation Sports in the last week.
“We had a successful experience with Presentation Sports last season when they organised the Super Cup between Al Ahli and Al Jazira in Cairo and the match was a huge success,” said Al Khoory.
“These matches help expand the fan base of Emirati football and attract Egyptian fans in numbers to learn about the Arabian Gulf League and subsequently encourage Egyptian expats in UAE to follow our domestic competitions in the future.”