Abu Dhabi: Shabab Al Ahli suffered a major blow in the Arabian Gulf Cup on Tuesday when they were shocked by Dibba 1-0 at the Fujairah Club Stadium.
The solitary goal for Dibba in the Group A fixture came in the 51st minute through a penalty by Yahya Jabrane after he was checked from behind by midfielder Abdalla Ali Hassan.
Henrique Luvannor and substitute Saeed Ahmed Abdulla both had scoring opportunities but somehow couldn’t find a leveller as Dibba’s defence soaked up the pressure toward the end to steal the win.
Dibba have moved into third spot, pushing Shabab Al Ahli in to fourth on goal difference in the standings despite being tied on six points each.
Al Dhafra also edged bottom-placed Sharjah riding on a solitary first half goal by Diego Rigonato in the Group B fixture at the Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium.
On Tuesday, Al Nasr booked their place in the quarter-finals by topping Group B with 12 points beating Al Jazira 2-1 in the latter’s own den at Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium.
With that loss, Al Jazira, under interim coach Damien Hertog following coach Marcel Keizer’s move to Lisbon club Sporting, remain in third place with seven points having played one more game.
Meanwhile, as per reports in Dutch media, Al Jazira are all set to rope in another Dutchman as coach and have identified Michael Reiziger as their ideal successor to Keizer. The 45-year-old is a former Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona defender and has figured in 72 outings for his country.
Contact has already been made with Ajax to see if a departure is negotiable. The club, however, are yet to make any official statement. It is understood Reiziger, who has been in charge of Ajax’s ‘B’ team — Jong Ajax — since last season, has yet to make a decision on his switch to the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Al Ain also confirmed their place in the quarters after beating Fujairah 3-1 riding on a brace by Brazilian striker Caio. Al Ain top Group B with 12 points from five matches, while Fujairah occupy the sixth spot with one point, having played one match less.
In a Group A encounter, Fabio De Lima scored late as Al Wasl earned a 1-0 win over Ajman at the Rashid Bin Saeed Stadium.
With that win, Al Wasl keep their hopes alive by replacing Ajman in fourth place with four points from four games. Ajman slip to fifth with four points having played five games.