Al Wahda demand 'emergency general assembly' to discuss UAE FA future

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(Twitter/@uaefa_ae).

Arabian Gulf League side Al Wahda broke ranks on Saturday and demanded “an emergency general assembly” to discuss the future of the current UAE Football Association leadership, in the wake of a disappointing Asian Cup 2019.

Dreary football and mixed results under the stewardship of, now departed, coach Albert Zaccheroni fed into a continental tournament during which the hosts stumbled out at the semi-final stage. Disquiet about the stewardship of president Marwin bin Ghalita – elected on April 2016 for a four-year term – was solidified further at the weekend.

“Al Wahda demands that the board of directors of the UAE Football Association clarify the facts and circumstances of the national football team during the period leading up to the Asian Cup, during the participation in the tournament, the previous period and impart the facts transparently to the public,” last term’s runners-up tweeted in Arabic.

“Al Wahda believes that an emergency general assembly to renew or cast confidence on the board of directors of the current football federation has become urgent in the current period after the facts are presented in full and all the scenes in the past period have been revealed.”

For their part, a meeting of the UAE FA board of directors at their Al Khawaneej headquarters saw voicing of contrition about the Asian Cup and “desire to work towards preparing” the UAE to make World Cup 2022.

A statement said: “The UAE Football Association stressed that the ambition was the arrival of the team to the final and to achieve the title of the championship to write a new history of the UAE football, but football runs to its own logic.

“The Association noted the need to take advantage of this participation and continue to work towards preparing the national team for qualifying for the World Cup 2022.”

The UAE FA are still yet to confirm friendly opponents for next month’s international window.

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