Al Jazira and Shabab Al Ahli fans are pinning their hopes on veteran goalkeepers Ali Khaseif and Majed Naser as the two sides aim to claim the UAE Super Cup title on Friday.
Goalkeepers usually play a significant role in deciding the Super Cup.
Penalty shootouts decided six previous editions of the Super Cup.
The scoring rate in the Super Cup was limited to 2.6 goals per match and no team has ever won with a two-goal margin.
Al Jazira supporters greatly depend on the efforts of goalkeeper and captain Khaseif, who delivered a brilliant performance alongside his teammates in the last edition of the ADNOC Pro League.
His tremendous performances during the last season guided Al Jazira to claim the league's title.
Khaseif made 87 saves in 23 games out of his team’s 26, the second highest in the season, keeping ten clean sheets for Al Jazira and completing 606 passes.
On the other hand, Shabab Al Ahli's fans wait for goalkeeper Majed Naser Humaid's continuous brilliant performance as he led his team to win the treble; President's Cup, Pro League Cup, and Super Cup titles.
In turn, Nasser’s numbers in the Super Cup are great proof of his importance for the team, the club captain played 450 minutes for Shabab Al Ahli in the Super Cup, conceding only one goal, keeping four clean sheets for the team, and saving three penalties as he led his team to claim the Super Cup title four times.
Ali Khaseif numbers in the Super Cup:
Conceded goals: 3
Majed Naser numbers in Super Cup:
Conceded goals: 1