Tiangong - Solis, Makara 22, 2077, m249
The Arabic word for hope is Amal, which was the inspiration for the naming of the Al’amal colony and its respective football club.
Yet Al’amal SC will need more than hope if they are to make the playoffs as they lost their 3rd match in a row, this time to Wuji who pulled off the 2 – 1 upset.
Things looked promising for Al’amal as Captain Musaddiq Baddour opened up scoring at the 25th minute. Baddour used great individual skill to beat two defenders before drilling a low shot into the far corner for the first goal of the match.
Wuji’s Alicia Beldad responded by curling a volley in off the bar to tie up the match at the 34th minute.
Then something which has alluded Wuji all season, happened.
A good team build-up of Wuji passing, from Beldad to Stanislas Hachette to Nimet Kose who would finish with a stunning strike in the top corner at the 42th minute.
That would stand as the game winner and complete the Wuji upset.
With the win, Wuji moves to 7 and 12 for the season and builds hope for the future.
For Al’amal, they fall to 9 and 10 for the season, clinging onto the final playoff spot with the Dynamo.
After the match, a dejected Al’amal locker room sat in silence as Captain Musaddiq Baddour fielding questions from reporters.
“We face the Titans @ San Olympus next week and then the Immortals back home so we’ve put ourselves in a tight spot to close off the season,” said Baddour. “We have the scoring punch to power through these teams. We know we can do it, now we just have to go out and do it.”
The mood in the other camp was expectedly upbeat. Even with no chance at the playoffs, the Wuji are playing with purpose and without the pressure.
"We aren't going to make it easy for you.", said Bobby Chung, Manager of Wuji, referring to the upcoming matches against Dynamos and United, "We won't roll over and call it a season. You will have to earn your places in the playoffs."