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Fawzi out to make second chance count

  • FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 kicks off Wednesday with Al Jazira vs Auckland
  • Mohamed Fawzi ignored the outlet fit of UAE 2009 due to damage
  • The 27-year outdated defender aiming to make amends at UAE 2017 with Al Jazira 

Wednesday 6 December is not going to handiest be a ancient day for UAE aspect Al Jazira, who can be making their maiden look at a FIFA Club World Cup, it additionally marks the tip of an eight-year stay up for the membership’s defender Mohamed Fawzi.

In December 2009, Fawzi used to be at the substitutes’ bench as former membership Al Ahli misplaced 2-Zero to New Zealand’s Auckland City within the opening sport of UAE 2009 – with damage having denied him the chance to be a part of that world event.

Following his transfer to Al Jazira closing yr, Fawzi helped the membership win the UAE nationwide name and ebook a spot at this week’s Club World Cup, the 3rd to be hosted by way of the Gulf state. The 27-year-old now has a contemporary chance to take part within the prestigious festival.

“At both national and club level, a World Cup is a great opportunity for every participating player,” Fawzi instructed FIFA.com in an unique interview. “I’d recovered from a foot injury in 2009 but was still not ready to play at that tournament. I’d hoped to be able to play back then but I’d no chance. Now I’ll participate after a long wait.”

On the non-public significance of taking part in on the FIFA Club World Cup, Fawzi mentioned: “Each player tries to make history in his football journey. Participation in a world cup is great for me and my football career, especially since I and my team-mates will be representing the UAE. This will hopefully be a good foundation for UAE football.”

Chance to make amends
Fawzi may have a chance no longer handiest to take part within the event but in addition to avenge the defeat of his former team-mates. “Revenge in football is good,” he quipped of the brand new come across with Auckland City. “The match will give me an opportunity to take revenge, especially as it comes after all those years of waiting.”

While Al Jazira can be making their Club World Cup debut this week, and within the procedure turn into the 3rd aspect to constitute the UAE within the festival, Auckland City have a wealth of enjoy on the event and can be creating a file 9th look this yr.

Mohamed Fawzi in short

  • He began his soccer occupation with Al Ahli Club in Dubai
  • He performed for Al Ahli, Baniyas, and Al Ain sooner than transferring to Al Jazira in 2016
  • He performed 5 video games with the UAE adolescence workforce on the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009

Yet Fawzi is constructive that his workforce can be up to the problem. “Perhaps we didn’t get off to a good start at the UAE league, but the Club World Cup is a different story. We’ll try to fly the flag for UAE football and give a good impression. We’ll show the world that we’re here and that we have players capable of competing in any international competition.”

Nevertheless, Fawzi used to be complimentary about his New Zealand fighters. “Auckland are a respectable team who have pace and a good playing style. This is going to be an exciting game. We’re highly motivated, and we hope to come away with a positive result.”

Organisational good fortune
The 2009 version of the Club World Cup that Fawzi ignored used to be the primary to be hosted by way of the UAE. They staged it once more in 2010, and this yr’s version would be the 3rd to be held within the Middle Eastern country. The UAE additionally hosted FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 and a variety of different FIFA tournaments.

Fawzi praised his nation for this fulfillment, pronouncing: “This is the third time we’ll be hosting the Club World Cup, which means we did it successfully the previous two times. We’re proud of this. We’re pleased to welcome the world’s football stars. This is a great motivation for UAE football and the country as a whole.”

He perspectives the event as “an opportunity for local fans to see international stars from the world’s greatest clubs in their country. I hope fans will turn up in huge numbers and leave a great impression on the watching world.”

With our dialog coming to an finish, he advised all UAE lovers to get in the back of Al Jazira. “Football fans showed their beautiful side this season. Naturally, Al Jazira fans will be our greatest supporters, but since we represent the whole country, we call on all football fans in the UAE to get behind us. They’re the ones who can make the difference in this tournament.”

When the solar units this Wednesday, lovers will fill the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain City, the place, after 8 years of ready, Fawzi will in spite of everything have a chance to display his talents to the sector.


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