HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and owner of England's Manchester City Football Club, attended the team’s final training session at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium’s Al Jazira Club in Abu Dhabi, in preparation for their friendly match tomorrow against Al Ain FC at the brand new Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
The training session was attended by Their Highnesses Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as HE Sheikh Shakhbut bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and a number of UAE sporting officials, along with a large number of fans and team supporters.
The session began with a display of the team's skills in front of the audience and supporters, after which the players greeted their fans. Later on, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohamed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan went out on the field to meet and shake hands with the players.
The training session proper then started, with great interaction from the team’s fans. Following the training session, a press conference was held with Manchester City’s Chilean trainer Manuel Pellegrini and a number of the team's players.
Manchester City’s visit will end tomorrow, after the team’s match with Al Ain FC. The UAE’s premier club will be joined by guest players from different teams from around the Gulf, including Ismail Matar (Al Wahda FC), Hamdan Al Kamali (Al Wahda FC), Yasser Al Qahtani (Al Hilal FC), Mohammed Al Shalhoub (Al Hilal FC), Nawaf Al Khaldi (Al Qadsia SC) and Bader Al Mutawa (Al Qadsia SC). The team will also be supported by a number of former Al Ain FC players, such as Soufiane Alloudi (Morocco), Abu Bakr Sango (Ivory Coast) and Emerson (Brazil).