World Cup matches force UAE to modify program

The United Arab Emirates Football Association will be forced to make changes in the fixtures of the new season due to the new schedule of the World Cup qualifiers in October and the Arab Champions League next month. After the FA sent the new season UAE League and President's Cup programs to the clubs, they "came suddenly" upon the Asian Football Confederation draw for Asia's World Cup qualifiers in which the UAE will meet Vietnam in home and away matches in October. The Al Shaab club is also meeting Al Faisaly of Jordan in the Arab Champions League on 21 September in Sharjah and 16 October in Amman. According to Sayed Ali of Gulf News, the FA's technical committee is in countact with UAE coach Bruno Metsu to adapt the program for the national team for the matches against Vietnam and the tournaments committee will have to postpone the League matches set for 6 amd 7 October and the pre-quarterfinals of the President's Cup on 27 and 28 October. The third week of the League matches on 19 and 20 October also have to be postponed due to a friendly match against Tunisia on 17 October.