Spanish coach Antonio Cazola, coach of the first Al-Ettifaq football team, launched his mission with a motivational speech addressed to the players, during which he affirmed his confidence in them, before leading the first training session, on Monday, to succeed Frenchman Patrice Carteron.
The eastern team is preparing to face its leading host, in the 19th round of the Roshen Saudi Professional League.
And Kazula affirmed his great confidence in the team’s players to overcome the difficulties and improve the image in the remaining league competitions, stipulating cooperation, redoubling efforts and playing with a high spirit to extract victories in order to advance in the ranking ladder.
On the field, the training included, after the warm-up, preventive fitness and muscle-strengthening exercises, then the players performed a number of tactical exercises before the training session concluded with a maneuver on part of the field.
The training witnessed the participation of Muhammad Al-Kuwaikibi, Saeed Al-Mawlid, Abdullah Khatib and Abdul-Rahman Al-Obeid, the team’s four, after they recovered from a cold, which prevented them from participating in the Al-Batin match.
Before facing Al-Raed, Al-Ettifaq occupies 12th place in the league standings, with 19 points from 5 wins and 4 draws.
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