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Pro League standings clearer as competition winds down

By Aline Bannayan - Dec 09,2020 - Last updated at Dec 09,2020

AMMAN   —  While Wihdat are in the lead and holders Faisali seem destined to forego their title, the runner-up and positions 3-5 are still undecided as leading teams scramble for advanced positions while others struggle at the bottom end of Jordan Professional League.

Week 16 kicks off on Thursday with Wihdat coming head-to-head with ambitious Ramtha. Wihdat last beat Aqaba 1-0 while Ramtha edged Ma'an 2-1 to maintain the third spot.

Jazira who beat Sarih 2-1 next play Faisali who dropped to fifth, while Hussein who beat Ahli 1-0 next play Salt.

Shabab Urdun, who have improved to 6th after they beat Salt 4-2, next play Ma'an, while Sarih play Aqaba who are now 11th. Ahli, who lost to Hussein, seem unable to move from last spot and next play 10th placed Sahab.

The league champ will move on to the preliminary round of the Asian Champions League while the second and third teams, instead of the Jordan Cup champ,  play in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup after the Jordan Cup was scrapped from the agenda.

So far this season,  Faisali beat Jazira to win their 17th and 37th Jordan Super Cup while Wihdat defeated Ramtha to win their 1oth and the 33rd Jordan Football Association Shield.  Regionally, reigning champs Faisali  had an unimpressive start in the AFC Cup, while 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup national team qualifiers have now been postponed to next year. 

Last season, Wihdat beat Jazira to win the 36th Jordan Super Cup while Faisali won their 20th Jordan Cup title, adding it to their record 34th Pro League title, one point ahead of Jazira who had led throughout the competition and settled for runner-up. Ahli, who were relegated last decade but came back to win the Jordan Cup in 2015 and played in the AFC,  barely secured their spot as Baqa'a dropped to the First Division after 18 consecutive seasons in the Pro League. They were joined by That Ras, a former AFC Cup participant and 2012 Jordan Cup champ. Ma'an and Sarih were promoted.

Since the league kicked off in 1944 with only Faisali, Urdun, Ahli and Homenetmen competing, Faisali are 34 time record league winners while Wihdat were crowned champs for 16 times since they joined in 1980.

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