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Jordan Cup Round 4 kicks off today

Jazira’s lead narrows

By Aline Bannayan - Jan 08,2017 - Last updated at Jan 08,2017

AMMAN — Round 4 of the Jordan Cup Round kicks off on Monday with final Leg 1 standings beginning to take shape as team increase their focus in the Jordan Professional Football League as well.

In Group A, Ramtha who beat Manshieh 1-0 play Baqa’a, Faisali, who beat Baqa’a 1-0, play Sahab and Ahli who were held 1-1 by Sahab, play Manshieh

Group B leaders Jazira, who lost to Hussein 3-2, play Shabab Urdun, Wihdat, who scored a 3-0 win over That Ras, play Sarih, who lost to Shabab Urdun 2-0, while That Ras play Hussein.

Although they still lead Group B, Jazira’s lead in the Jordan Cup has been narrowed after their last defeat which was followed in the league as well with a 3-0 defeat to Manshieh this week.

Only the top two teams from each group will move on to the semis, which will be played over two rounds. No Division 1 teams are playing this year.

So far in the current season, Jazira still lead the league standings ahead of Wihdat and Faisali. Ahli won the first major competition on the 2016/17 football calendar, when they beat reigning league champs Wihdat 2-1 to win the 34th Super Cup. In the Jordan Football Association Shield — back on the calendar after four years — Shabab Urdun scored a major 5-1 win over Faisali. It was Shabab Urdun’s second Shield title after they first won in 2007.

Last season, Wihdat retained the league title for their third consecutive and 15th league title since they moved up to the Professional League in 1975. Faisali beat Wihdat to clinch the Super Cup while it was Ahli who made history when they beat Shabab Urdun to win their first Jordan Cup final. 

It was momentous for Ahli fans and officials as the title came after years in the backstage. Although the club is a long-time veteran and founder of the game in the Kingdom, Ahli were relegated to Division 1 in 2004 for the first time in their history. However, they have been back in the headlines after making it back to the Pro League in 2014, finishing fifth in 2015 and third last year.

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