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Qatar club Al Duhail and the UAE’s Shabab Al Ahli will face off at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 7.30pm Doha time in the first edition of Qatar-UAE Super Shield.

The two heavyweight teams deserved to compete in the inaugural Qatar-UAE Super Shield as Al Duhail were last season’s Qatar Stars League champions and Shabab Al Ahli were UAE League winners.

The Executive Committee organizing the Qatar-UAE Super Cup and Qatar-UAE Super Shield had announced the launch of these matches in January this year.

The first Super Cup match on April 12 in Doha will pit Amir Cup champions Al Arabi against UAE President’s Cup winners Sharjah.

Both Al Duhail and Shabab will be keen to win the Super Shield and they have the capabilities, so the match promises to be strong. Al Duhail will be gunning for the title to compensate for what they have lost this season by being behind in the 2023-2024 season Expo Stars League standings, occupying sixth place with 25 points with only three more rounds remaining.

Al Duhail will take the field against Shabab Al Ahli with great morale having achieved a valuable 3-1 win over arch-rivals Al Sadd in the league in Week 20. The result gave The Red Knights players a morale boost ahead of their encounter against Shabab Al Ahli.

Al Duhail coach Christophe Galtier will rely mainly on his players, who played the last match against Al Sadd, namely Almoez Ali, Michael Olunga, Sultan Al Breik, Ismail Mohammed, Karim Boudiaf, Ibrahima Diallo and others.

On the other hand, Shabab Al Ahli’s Serbian coach Marko Nikolic depends chiefly on his distinguished players as they target title.

The match will be intense and the big question is who will have the last laugh in Qatar-UAE Super Shield – Al Duhail or Shabab Al Ahli?

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