Mutasim Abdullah (Dubai)
Togo’s Laba Kodjo, the top scorer in the ADNOC Professional League with 18 goals, imposed his name on “Clásico” Al Wahda and Al Ain at the top of “round 19”, when he managed to settle the match with “Specialization” with a single goal, which he scored with a powerful shot from inside the region in The 82nd minute of the match, which witnessed the largest crowd attendance in the league, with more than 15,000 fans.
Laba deserved the “19th round” star, which saw “Al-Zaeem” expand the lead between him and his closest competitor, “Al Annabi”, the runner-up to 7 points, after Al-Ain raised his score to 46 points, on the way to Badr’s completion of his league titles with the 14th coronation.
The success of the 30-year-old Togolese striker, in resolving the “Clásico”, does not seem surprising, in addition to the fact that he is the player with the largest contribution to the “return match”, by scoring 4 of the last 8 goals for his team against Al-Wahda, with a percentage of 50%, and it seemed remarkable that Lapa Kudjo’s four goals against Al Wahda, all of them came in the “last stronghold” of Al Nahyan Stadium in the capital, Abu Dhabi.
Laba, who is continuing with Al Ain for the third consecutive season, launched his repeated visits to Al Wahda goal, in his first season with his current team 2019-2020, which ended with his team’s 2-0 victory, when he scored the second goal against goalkeeper Mohammed Al Shamsi in the 94th minute of the match. Which was held in the “11th round”, and the “leader” advanced in the match with an own goal scored by defender Abdullah Al-Rifai in the 42nd minute.
Laba returned in the second season 2020-2021, to celebrate the first “double” in front of “Al Annabi”, and in the goal of Muhammad Al Shamsi, during the two teams’ confrontation in “Round 20”, which was held at Al Nahyan Stadium, and the “leader” defeated it 4-0, and scored. Lapa scored the first and fourth goals for his team in the 10th and 88th minutes, while Caio Canedo scored the second goal in the 14th minute, and Khaled Al Balushi the third in the 31st minute.
The outstanding striker did not miss the “return match”, at the top of the conclusion of “round 19”, after he managed to score the only goal in a crucial time in the 82nd minute, to catch more than one bird with one goal, after he effectively contributed to strengthening the “leader” for the lead by reaching ” Point 46”, and his expansion of the top scorer difference also to 6 goals, after raising his personal balance to 18 compared to 12 for his pursuit, Omar Kharbin, Al Wahda player.
And the last “El Clasico” goal against Mohammed Al Shamsi carried a distinguished number in the goalscoring journey of the Togolese striker in “Dorina”, because it is the 50th goal in his record during 58 matches he played in three seasons in a row, distributed at an average of 19 goals in his first season 2019-2020, And 13 in the 2020-2021 season, compared to 18 “so far” in the current season 2021-2022.
Laba goals against Al Wahda in the league
The first: December 28, 2019: Al Wahda – Al Ain 0-2 “Round 11” season 2019-2020
Second: March 12, 2021: Al Wahda – Al Ain 0-4 “Round 20” season 2020-2021
Third: March 12, 2021: Al Wahda – Al Ain 0-4 “Round 20” season 2020-2021
Fourth: March 13, 2022: Al Wahda – Al Ain 0-1 “Round 19” season 2021-2022
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