Al-Wahda coach, Pitso Mosimane, has praised the signing of Russian international Zelimkhan Bakayev, noting that the player will provide a real addition to his team.
Bakayev made his professional debut for Spartak Moscow in September 2015 in a Russian Cup game against FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod.
In August 2018, he joined FC Arsenal Tula on loan for the 2018–19 season. Upon his return from loan, he scored his first two goals for Spartak in an away Europa League qualifier against FC Thun.
Three days later, he scored his first two Russian Premier League goals for Spartak in a 3–1 victory over FC Akhmat Grozny.
The 27-year-old joined Al Wahda from FC Zenit on a one-season loan deal.
“We welcome Tahnoon Alzaab return to the team after the injury,” says Mosimane. “He is medically ready, but he is not fully it and technically ready to play [against Hatta on Sunday].
“As for Bakiyev, he is a good player who is good at playing in several positions, and he will be a great player us.”
Al-Wahda will host Hatta on Sunday in the UAE Pro League, and Mosimane is cautious about the upcoming match
Despite Hatta’s poor performance with two losses in as many matches, Mosimane believes the match won’t be easy due to Hatta’s determination to improve their standing.
“The match against Hatta will not be without difficulties, because they will be seeking to improve their standing in the league,” said Mosimane. “We must find solutions for the various scenarios.”