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Austrian Hickersberger tasked to be UAE’s Wahda coach

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As Austrian Josef Hickersberger was temporarily appointed to be the Emiratis football club Al-Wahda’s coach on Monday, the trainer said he wanted the position on a permanent basis, Gulf News reported Monday.

Hickersberger rejoined Al-Wahda on a temporary basis after the Croatian tactician, Branko Ivankovic, was sacked.

“I feel like Abu Dhabi is my second home, and I have very good relations with the club. For that reason, I’m hoping for a longer third spell,” Hickersberger told Gulf News when he was asked if he would be willing to look beyond the end of the season.

The dismissal of Ivankovic came after Al-Wahda’s defeat (4-3) in a match against another local team, Ajman, on Saturday.

It is Hickersberger’s third term at the club since 2008. He has been immediately tasked with saving the team’s season ahead of their President’s Cup semi-final against Al-Shabab on Sunday.

“The most important thing now is the semi-final against Al-Shabab. It would have been better to have had more time to get the team back on track but the schedule is what it is.”

Hickersberger was out of work since Ivankovic replaced him last May.