Al Ahli are wasting no time racking up the silverware.
It’s only mid-October and the rampant Red Knights have already made two additions to their vast collection. Star striker Asamoah Gyan’s second-minute strike proved enough to see off a powerful FUS Rabat Sunday night and claim The Emirati-Moroccan Super Cup, adding to last month’s triumph in the Arabian Gulf Super Cup.
Far greater targets lie ahead, of course. Yet the habit of claiming trophies is a positive predilection to possess.
It wasn’t all positives for the hosts as the Arabian Gulf League and Botola champions clashed for the second time.
The sight of Gyan being stretchered off – one which Al Ain and parent club Shanghai SIPG became sadly familiar with during the preceding two seasons – thanks to a muscle problem followed soon after he swept his side ahead.
Focus and control was also ceded in the second half as forwards Adam Ennaffati and – most glaringly – Yusupha Njie threatened for the visitors, who are yet to begin their top-flight defence because of last month’s run to the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals.
But these are worries for next weekend, when lowly Dibba Al Fujairah travel to Dubai.