25 January 2024
First victory in Dubai

Tonight, in the United Arab Emirates, we beat this countries Highest league club “Emirates” with the scoreline of 3:1. The goals were scored by Kemehlo Nguena, Abdulrahman Taiwo and Gauthier Mankenda.

In Dubai, we already played two training games and a match against UAE club “United” (1:3). Today we played against “Emirates”, which is represented by the Spanish football legend Andres Iniesta. The experienced midfielder did not play due to injury.

We completely dominated the first half of the match. In the 15th minute, Kemehlo Nguena scored the first goal – 1:0. The midfielder scored from close range after pass from Antoni Contreras. During the first half, we had several more good chances, but we finally scored the second goal in the 42nd minute. After Contreras’ shot, the opponents were saved by the goalkeeper, but a moment later, Abdulrahman Taiwo scored with a powerful shot – 2:0.

During the second half, as usual in a test matches, head coach Simo Valakari made several substitutions. In the second half, the opponents had the initiative at times, and in the middle of the half “Emirates” also scored one goal (2:1). We had the last word. Gauthier Mankenda made a great play on the left flank, and in the end the DR Congo footballer made a shot into the far top corner. 3:1 victory.

On January 28, we will play against South Korea’s top league club “Jeonbuk Hyundai”.