Al Ahli sight world stage

UAE league leaders Al Ahli are just one win away from the title after defeating Al Dhafrah 3-1 in the penultimate round of action. The win leaves the club a point clear of Al Jazira, who came from behind to see off defending champions Al Shabab 4-1.

In next Saturday's final round, Ahli face a difficult test against Shabab while Jazira meet Ajman to decide the league winners. Before then, both teams will be in action in the AFC Champions League, with Jazira to play host to Iranian giants Esteghlal and Ahli clashing with another Iranian side Saba Battery.

"We are very clear in what we want and we showed some exceptional spirit as a team in going all out for a win," Ahli coach Ivan Hasek said. "There is no secret here. We need to keep up the pressure for the title till the very end. We need to continue concentrating, and we also know that we need to continue winning."

The winner of the league qualifies automatically for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, however if a UAE team wins the AFC Champions League, the host representative team will be replaced by the highest placed non UAE team of the AFC Champions League.