Samcheok (South Korea): Al Wakrah and Al Arabi will play two important matches on Wednesday at the end of group stage in the 22nd Asian Men’s Club League Championship.
The tournament is a part of qualification for the IHF Super Globe.
Wakrah will face Oman’s Oman Club while Arabi meet UAE’s Sharjah Sports Club in the other last four clash.
Wakrah need a win in order to qualify for the semifinals.
The Qatari club, who are second in Group B with 6 points, have won 33-1 against Iran’s Foolad Mobarakeh, beat Kuwait’s Al Arabi 34-26 in the second round, won 23-22 against Saudi Arabia’s Al Wehda in third round but lost 20-21 against Bahrain’s Barbar Club in fourth.
The goal difference gives Wakrah an edge over Barbar from the points tally of the first three teams (Al Wahda, Al Wakra and Barbar).
Wahda will qualify for first place, Al Wakrha in second and Barbar third if the three teams win on Wednesday.
It is expected that Wahda will meet Kuwait’s Al Arabi, who are placed last in the group. Barbar will meet second-last placed Foolad Mobarakeh while Wakrah will have the most difficult task against Oman in order to win and progress.
Wakrah hope to be crowned the title they lost in the last edition to Al Duhail.
Meanwhile, Al Arabi, in their match with UAE’s Sharjah, seek to achieve a fourth consecutive win and top Group A and ensure qualification for the semis.
Al Arabi’s victories in the last three games include a 40-24 win over Iran’s Zagros Club in the first round, a 27-21 win over Kuwait’s Kuwait SC in the second round, and a 32-24 win over SK Hawks of Korea in the third.
A draw would also be enough for Al Arabi as they currently lead Group A with 6 points, and are ahead on goal difference from that of Kuwait SC, who also have 6 points. Sharjah are third with 4 points, while SK Hawks and Zagros Iran have zero points.
Al Arabi has the potential, which was shown in previous games and are proved to be a strong contender for the title.
Wednesday’s match against Sharjah will be a real test for the team to win and reach the semifinals in their first Asian Championship.