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Four players from du LaLiga High Performance Centre selected to join Al Nasr and Shabab Al Ahli Club

Four players from du LaLiga High Performance Centre selected to join Al Nasr and Shabab Al Ahli Club

Du LaLiga High Performance Centre (HPC), the first ever global initiative for LaLiga, in partnership with du to provide youth across the UAE with a pathway to national, regional and international pro-football careers, announced Monday that four of its top strikers have joined Al Nasr and Shabab Al Ahli Clubs.

The top strikers were selected by the club scouts for their superior talent and skill, honed at the prestigious by invitation-only du LaLiga High Performance Centre, where they have undergone year-round professional development programme to world-class standards, delivered by LaLiga's UEFA pro-certified coaches, according to a press release.

Strikers Lotfi Machou and Mehdi El Kamlichi have joined the U21 and U17 squads at Al-Nasr Club, while stikers Ahmed El Yamani and Hussein Hawi have been selected to join the U21 and U17 squads at Shabab Al Ahli Club.

Since its establishment 4 years ago, du Laliga HPC has been producing a steady pipeline of world-class professional footballers for clubs and national teams.

Monday's announcement raises the total number of players to earn contracts and join professional club and national teams to 29.

Jose Maria Zarco, du LaLiga HPC U16 Coach, commented on the latest players to join UAE clubs by saying: "Today's announcement reflects du and LaLiga's ongoing commitment to nurturing the talents of youth footballers that are selected to join our du LaLiga High Performance Centre. Our program has very successfully developed players through our LaLiga training methodology and it has proven to be an incubator of talent creating a pipeline of professional football players for local clubs with more than 25 players to date being selected from our program for clubs across the UAE."

The year-long programme allows the du LaLiga HPC players to compete in local leagues and international tournaments and join the du LaLiga HPC scouting programme in Spain, where they raise their level of play in competitive matches against LaLiga's strongest teams, with club scouts in attendance, choosing the strongest players for trials with their clubs.

du LaLiga HPC's stellar track record has prompted a partnership with the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Sports Council, which began in 2019, that is designed to power the professional development of high potential talent at Abu Dhabi and Dubai national professional clubs. Under the partnership, selected players from each Emirate top clubs, joined the du LaLiga HPC scouting programme in Spain after undergoing intensive training at the du LaLiga High Performance Centre in the UAE.

Du LaLiga HPC has established a reputation for excellence since its establishment, winning the UAE National League Champions for three consecutive years. It is today

home to 200 high potential talent, hand-picked from across the nation and has become a scouting ground for national and regional clubs and national teams.