Published — Friday 18 May 2012
Last update 22 May 2012 12:22 am
JEDDAH: Under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Al-Nasr from Riyadh and title holder Al-Ahli meet today in the final match for the King’s Cup.
Al-Nasr reached the final after beating Saudi Professional League champion Al-Shabab 2-1 home and away (4-2 on aggregate) in the quarterfinals (only 8 teams took part in the championship), then knocked out Al-Fatah 2-1 on aggregate in the semifinals after beating it 2-0 at home game then losing the away game by a solitary goal.
Al-Ahli, second in Zain League, beat Al-Faisali 8-2 on aggregate in the quarterfinals then knocked out Al-Hilal 3-2 on aggregate, after beating Al-Hilal 1-0 on their home ground in Riyadh then drew in Jeddah 2-2, to reach the final.
Al-Nasr’s coach Columbian Francesco Maturana will probably play 4-5-1 that would be changed to 4-3-3 when attacking. Al-Alahli’s coach Czech Karel Jarolim probably play 4-4-2.
This final is the fifth. Riyadh’s Al-Shabab won two competitions while Jeddah’s Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli won one each.
Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, General President of Youth Welfare and the President of Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, expressed, in his name and on behalf of Saudi youth and sportsmen, gratitude to the King for patronizing the final and providing the opportunity to meet him.
Italian Luca Bantie referee the King’s Cup final between Al-Ahli and Al-Nasr. He will be assisted by Lucca Mageeana and second assistant Masmilino Qrala.
Born March 27, 1974, and a salesman in Italy, Bantie has emerged in the world of arbitration in the season 1999-2000 where he led a number of fourth division matches before being promoted to the league third division until the 2004 season.