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Sharjah hosts Iraqi Al-Zawraa .. and Bani Yas against Uzbek Nasaf

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The Emiratis, Sharjah and Baniyas, will play tomorrow, Tuesday, the qualifying phase for the group phase of the AFC Champions League (2022-2023).
Sharjah will host Iraq’s Al-Zawra, while Bani Yas will play Uzbek Nasaf at 8:15pm Abu Dhabi time tomorrow.

The winner of the match between Sharjah and Al-Zawraa goes up to play in the first group, along with Saudi Al-Hilal, Qatari Rayyan and Iranian Esteghlal Dushanbe.

The winner of the match between Bani Yas and Nasaf qualifies to play in Group E, along with Al-Faisaly from Saudi Arabia, Al-Sadd from Qatar and Al-Wehdat from Jordan.

Bani Yas, ranked sixth in the ADNOC Professional League, according to Koura’s website, will host Uzbek Nasaf at Al Shamkha Stadium on Monday.

Baniyas added 28 points in 19 games, and beat Al-Nasr (2-1) in their last games, while Nasaf is in ninth place in the Uzbek League, and has two points from two games.

Hussein Nurchayev is Nasaf’s top scorer with one goal, knowing that the team drew in their last domestic game, with Mittelburg (1-1).

The two Asian teams last appeared in the 2012 edition, and therefore aim to return to the Asian Championship after a decade of absence.
Baniyas qualified for the Asian playoffs, after winning second place last season in the UAE League.

Baniyas also managed to achieve three consecutive wins in the last three matches since February 26 (February) last.

Baniyas managed to reach the semi-finals of the Emirates President Cup this season, before losing to Al Wahda.

On the other hand, Nasaf managed to reach the AFC Cup final last year, and maintained the squad that emerged last year at the continental level.

They played 3 home games this year, and failed to get any wins, after losing to Pakhtakor in the Super Cup, and then drawing in the first two league games.

Sharjah, currently ranked third in the UAE League, will also host the Iraqi Al-Zawraa stadium at Sharjah Stadium.

Sharjah has accumulated 36 points in 19 games, and its top scorer is the Brazilian player Caio Lucas, with 11 goals.

Sharjah won their last match against Ajman (2-0) in the UAE League, while their last Asian appearance was in the 2021 edition.

Sharjah qualified for the Asian play-off, after finishing their campaign last season, in fourth place in the UAE League, and Shabab Al-Ahly, in third place, qualified for the Asian Championship, after winning the Emirates President’s Cup.

Meanwhile, Al-Zawraa is fourth in the Iraqi league, adding 45 points in 25 games, and their top scorer is Hawari Tawil with 10 goals.

Al-Zawraa drew in their last home appearance, with Al-Kahraba negative, while their last Asian appearance was in the 2019 Champions League.

Sharjah is looking to confirm its place among the teams that regularly participate in the AFC Champions League, after appearing in the tournament in 2020 and 2021.

Sharjah has gone 17 consecutive games without losing in all local competitions, since being coached by Romanian Olario Cosmin, before losing to Al-Jazeera (0-1) on March 4.

And Sharjah recently managed to reach the UAE President’s Cup final at the expense of Al Wasl.

On the other hand, Al-Zawraa failed to score in the last 4 games, with the team’s last goal coming against Al-Diwaniyah on February 15.

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