(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Manchester city stars flew in to abu dhabi for a match at the hazza bin zayed this thursday that is sending waves of excitement around the uae.
manchester city stars steven jovetic matija nastatic and samir nasri during an event at the marina mall in abu dhabi on tuesday. — kt photo by shoaib anwer
al ain fc fans expressed their excitement at welcoming the english premier league champions manchester city to the hazza bin zayed stadium. manchester city stars flew in to abu dhabi on tuesday after winning the english premier league title on sunday for a match at the hazza bin zayed this thursday that is sending waves of excitement around the uae.
the match was already the most hotly-anticipated game in the uae with an expected 25000 sell-out at al ain fc’s spectacular home stadium but the excitement has reached fever pitch now city have confirmed their status as the best team in england. “i am very excited and so are all my friends” said al ain fc fan saeed. “it is all we have been talking about for weeks and now that manchester city have won the title in england it will make the match even more special. it’s great for us as fans of al ain and also for the rest of the city. it’s really great.”
manchester city playerspose with the crew of etihad airways. — supplied photo
“it is great that manchester city are coming to the hazza bin zayed stadium” added mohammed. “we were all supporting them in their last match of the season hoping they would be champions. they did and that is great for us.”
“i am looking forward to seeing some of the best players in the world like sergio aguero and samir nasri” added salem. “it will also be great to see some of the best players in the region coming to play for al ain.”
some of the gulf region’s top players including yasser al qahtani from saudi arabia’s al hilal club former al ain player boubacar sanogo and ismail mattar from al awahda will join al ain’s top players for the showdown at the hazza bin zayed stadium.
it is the first big test for the four-month-old hazza bin zayed stadium which will make its debut on the world stage with a mouthwatering tie between two great teams.
al ain fans celebrate during a match. — supplied photo
tickets are available online at the stadium website hbzstadium.ae and al ain club alainfc.ae as well as ticket master ticketmaster.ae. gates open at 5pm and fans can enjoy the festival right up until just before the game.