Date: Fri 03 Jun 2022

By Steve Whitney

Lambs Obtain Prestigious Pre-Season Fixture

Pitching In Southern League Premier Division Central club Tamworth have announced they have secured a prestigious pre-season friendly against Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.

Tamworth and Al Hilal are poles apart when it comes to football status in world football, yet the two teams will meet at the CR MOT Centre Community Stadium on Friday, 15th July.

Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal play at the 67,000 capacity King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, and last year were semi-finalists in the World Club Football Championships, only losing out to Chelsea 1-0.

They qualified for the finals as winners of the Asian Champions League (ACL) and many of their team will feature for the Saudi Arabian national team in the World Cup later this year.

The fixture came about when Tamworth’s general manager Scott Rickards was put in touch with Sir Dave Richards, the former FA Premier League chairman, who works as an Ambassador for Al Hilal.

Rickards said: “He mentioned that they are at a training camp at St George’s Park for a few weeks and are looking for fixtures.

“After a few emails, they agreed that they would like to come to play at the Lamb, which is a real coup for us when you look at the other games they have arranged against Championship clubs”.

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