Al Duhail banking on Olunga again in crucial tie
Al Duhail will count on Kenyan international Michael Olunga when they take on Al Ahli Saudi in crucial AFC Champions League Group C clash at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Friday night.
Both are tied on eight with Esteghlal FC, with the Islamic Republic of Iran side playing Iraq’s Al Shorta earlier today, with only the group winners assured of advancing to the Round of 16.
The three best runnersup from the five AFC Champions League West groups will also advance, meaning Al Duhail and Al Ahli Saudi will have all to play for even if Esteghlal beat Al Shorta.
Al Duhail could have avoided being in this position had they not fallen to a shock 2-1 defeat to Al Shorta, and the Qatari giants will bank on Olunga’s hot goal-scoring streak to help get them over the line.
The 27-year-old has scored in every match Al Duhail has played in Jeddah and tops the Champions League goal-scorers’ chart after finding the back of the net eight times.
Head coach Sabri Lamouchi will need to galvanise his players for one last effort to ensure Al Duhail take their place in the Round of 16 as group winners, with his team having drawn 1-1 with Al Ahli Saudi in the corresponding fixture.
-Material sourced from the-afc.com