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Courbis to lead Al Wahda

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Al Wahda's new coach Frenchman Roland Courbis will arrive in Abu Dhabi in the next few days to chalk out the programme for preparing the Al Wahda senior football team for the next season.

The new coach, who has coached several French clubs in the past few seasons, was with Ajaccio in the French First Division League before he signed to take over Al Wahda.

Courbis will arrive and succeed Austrian coach, Ralf Wenger who was sacked following the club's dismal performance last season.

Al Wahda finished runners-up to arch-rivals Al Ain in the league championship and lost in the President's Cup to Sharjah last week in a sudden death penalty shoot-out, while also crashing out 3-1 to Al Ain in the Super Cup final.

Al Wahda will start preparations for the coming season in mid-July and their new French coach will have a meeting with Khalid Awadh the senior team manager when he arrives in Abu Dhabi to approve the coming season's preparations for the Al Wahda senior team.

The new coach will bring with him three coaches, namely an assistant coach, a fitness trainer and a physiotherapist. Courbis could also have a goalkeepers' trainer, if he asked for that.

Meanwhile, the Honorary Council will hold it's first meeting on Saturday with more than 100 representatives from the Al Wahda Club's supporters becoming members on the supreme body.

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship Supreme Organising Committee President and the former UAE Football Association board of directors Chairman will chair theHonorary Council first meeting which will decide the headlines of the Al Wahda club policy for the coming seasons.

Meanwhile the Al Wahda will be looking for a second foreign player after they terminated the contract of Felix of Ivory Coast.

However, countryman Tony, who arrived during the middle of the season, will continue with the squad for the next season.

Last year, Al Wahda signed several foreign professionals starting with Qatar's Mohammed Al Enazi, Brazilian Paolo Sergio and Colombia's Castello.

Though the three players played with the team in domestic tournaments, they failed to convince the club's board and supporters. They settled for Tony and Felix who played with them in the President's Cup and Super Cup finals, but could not prevent the team from losing out on both titles.

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