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Driss Fettouhi: We have 90 minutes and must use it well

Lauren Doble
Moroccan midfielder Driss Fettouhi believes he and his Ajman teammates have a great chance of reaching the Semi Finals of the 2015 President’s Cup as they head into a Quarter Final clash away at Al Dhafra’s Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium on Sunday, and insists that The Oranges will give it their all to overcome Al Dhafra and continue their journey in the prestigious President’s Cup competition.
It was Fettouhi’s spectacular last-minute free kick which knocked out favourites Al Jazira in last week’s Round of 16, booking Ajman’s place in Sunday’s Quarter Final courtesy of a 3-2 victory, but the attacking midfielder remains wary of the threat posed by Al Dhafra. “Cup matches are always difficult because you have only one chance to get the desired result. We have 90 minutes against Al Dhafra and we need to use it as required until we achieve our target, which is to reach the Semi Finals, according to the plan developed by our coach to fight each game step-by-step,” Fettouhi said, speaking exclusively to uaefa.ae. 
As Ajman experienced on several occasions throughout the season, playing as the perceived underdog served the side well, and Fettouhi admits that the lack of expectation following relegation from the Arabian Gulf League played a role in his side’s freedom to compete and knock out Al Jazira in the last round. “In the Al Jazira game we didn’t have much pressure on our shoulders; we went onto the pitch confident in ourselves because we had nothing to lose, and we managed to win,” Fettouhi explained, continuing: “The game against Al Dhafra will not be free of pressure; when you knock out a team like Al Jazira, whoever faces you next will be paying extra attention and putting in extra effort to avoid the same fate. Sunday’s game against Al Dhafra is our most important of the season, and we will do our best to achieve a positive result and put the smiles back on the faces of our loyal fans.” 

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