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Wihdat lead as Faisali move to second spot

By Aline Bannayan - Apr 04,2018 - Last updated at Apr 04,2018

AMMAN — While the battle for the title is nearly clear, Faisali boosted their chances after two postponed matches were completed this week.

Former champs Faisali beat Hussein 1-0 to climb to second while Jazira dropped to fourth after holding Ahli 0-0. Ramtha and Jazira have lost any chances for the title after Jazira led in earlier stages and Ramtha were among the top three most of the season but have now allowed Faisali to move to runner up.

Wihdat are close to their 16th all time title and need four points from their remaining three matches to regain the title. 

The struggle at the other end of standings is also closely contested as Week 20 of the Pro Football League resumes on April 26. During the current break, the national squad held Vietnam 1-1 in their final return leg 2019 Asian Cup qualifier. Jordan’s performance was below par but enough to qualify for the Asian Cup finals after topping Group C, eliminating relatively unknown teams in the Asian continent.

The Kingdom beat Cambodia 7-0, Afghanistan 4-1, and were held 0-0 with Vietnam. In the return leg, Jordan managed a 3-3 draw with Afghanistan and beat Cambodia 1-0 to qualify alongside second place Vietnam. The top two teams from each group move to the Asian Cup finals set for the UAE in 2019.

Next week, Jazira and Faisali resume their 15th Asian Football Confederation Cup matches. Faisali play Syria’s Wihdeh while Jazira play the Iraqi Air Force Club on April 9 and 10. 

In the last round, Jazira repeated their win over Oman’s Suweiq 4-0 after earlier winning 3-2 while Faisali lost 1-0 to Oman’s Dhofar. Both teams still lead groups A and C in the second-tier Asian club competition. 

Earlier, Jazira held Iraqi Air Force Club 2-2 and beat Bahrain’s Malikieh 1-0, while Faisali held Syria’s Wihdeh 2-2 and upset Lebanon’s Ansar 3-1.

So far this season, reigning League and Jordan Cup champs Faisali beat Jazira to win the 35th Jordan Super Cup. Wihdat beat Jazira to win the Jordan Football Association Shield. In the Jordan Cup, Jazira ousted Faisali while Shabab Urdun eliminated Wihdat to reach the final.

Last year, Faisali won their 33rd league title after a four year break and combined it with the Jordan Cup. Ahli beat reigning league champs Wihdat to win the Super Cup, Shabab Urdun beat Faisali to win their second Shield title after they first won in 2007. Sarih and Sahab were relegated and replaced by Aqaba and Yarmouk from the First Division.

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