Al Ahli set for Guangzhou Evergrande test


Al Ahli Director of Football Roy Aitken says the club will respect AFC Champions League final opponents Guangzhou Evergrande but won't fear them. The Chinese Super League-title holders beat Japanese Treble winners Gamba Osaka 2-1 on aggregate to set up a two-legged tie with Al Ahli on November 7 and 21. The first leg will take place in Dubai, with the return in China. It’s a tough test for the UAE side, but Aitken told the ARN News Centre it’s one they’re relishing. "We know it will be hard, but we're enjoying the fact we've made the final and we'll now meet one of the big teams from that East Section," he said. "We know their players and we know their manager Luis Felipe Scolari, who is an excellent coach. "But we spent big again in the summer and our international players are really doing well. "We've got high hopes of doing well in both games, but are in no doubt how tough it's going to be."

More from Sports News

On Virgin Radio today

  • The Kris Fade Show

    6:00am - 10:00am

    Kris, Priti and Rossi host the UAE's biggest radio show. It's full of fun, laughs and it's Where The Stars Live.

  • Hits @ Work with Eddie

    10:00am - Noon

    You're picking the music until lunchtime!

Trending on Virgin Radio

  • Bassem Youssef

    One of the most talked about comedians in the world takes over The Kris Fade Show. Watch the full interview here...

  • ARN News Centre

    Get the latest UAE and world news from our award winning team of journalists. The ARN News Centre is the country's most trusted source of information.

  • Ed Sheeran - UAE EXCLUSIVE

    Latest album, what happened with BTS, raising a baby girl, eye surgery, and more!

  • Untold Dubai

    It arrived: The UAE's First Mega Music Festival at Expo City Dubai!