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Wihdat play Ramtha in Leg 2 kickoff

By Aline Bannayan - Mar 12,2014 - Last updated at Mar 12,2014

AMMAN — Leg 2 of the 62nd Jordan Professional League kicks off on Thursday following less than a week’s break during which Jordan beat Syria 2-1 in their final Asian Cup qualifier as Shabab Urdun and That Ras played AFC Cup matches. 

Faisali lead the standings with 22 points ahead of Wihdat on goal difference. Faisali were midway through the standings throughout much of the competition but gradually climbed up after playing three postponed matches — beating Wihdat 1-0, holding Ramtha 0-0 and Shabab Urdun 2-2. Meanwhile, Wihdat lost momentum after going down 2-0 to That Ras. 

Ramtha are now third after a 2-1 win over Arabi while Baqaa dropped to fourth after losing 2-0 to Faisali. That Ras, who beat Oman’s Suweiq in the AFC Cup Tuesday, held Hussein 1-1 to remain fifth.

Jazira beat Sheikh Hussein 1-0 and are now sixth while titleholders Shabab Urdun are seventh after they managed a 1-1 draw with Sarih. Hussein beat Shabab Urdun 2-1 and are now 9th.

Manshieh, Sarih and Sheikh Hussein are in the bottom half and need to pick up some points to move away from the last two spots which will be relegated.

The season was disrupted due to many reasons and halted in December after a huge snowstorm brought life to a standstill. That was followed by the national team’s participation in 8th West Asian Championship, the U-22 team’s participation at the Asian Football Confederation U-22 Championship and Asian Cup Group A qualifiers.  

The Jordan Football Association competitions committee has now set the season’s agenda to end May 31. 

The season’s first title — the 31st Cup Winners’ Cup –– went to Shabab Urdun after they beat That Ras in the first of the three major local events on the 2013/14 calendar. 

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