Abbas Wants An Australia Day Special

Sky Blues midfielder Ali Abbas has called on Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory fans to unite and create a fantastic atmosphere for the Australia Day clash at Etihad Stadium (kick off 5pm).

Sky Blues midfielder Ali Abbas has called on Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory fans to unite and create a fantastic atmosphere for the Australia Day clash at Etihad Stadium (kick off 5pm).

Australia Day marks the anniversary of the First Fleet-s arrival in 1788 and celebrates the now diverse society and landscape of modern Australia.

Ali Abbas, an Iraqi International, became a citizen of Australia on Australia Day 2012 and is hoping for a united fan base to create a vociferous atmosphere throughout the match, especially prior to kick off when the national anthem will be sung.

“We need to have a big support from the Sydney FC fans,” Abbas said.

“Hopefully they can turn up and come see us and hopefully we make them happy.

“It-s a celebration of Australia Day so it-s going to be a big game for us. It-s always a really good atmosphere down there and I think the fans make it more exciting.

“It-s going to be a good game to watch and I hope all the supporters enjoy it in a united and friendly way.”

While the day may a celebration, Abbas is firmly focused on the task at hand as he targets a win a finals place finish for the Sky Blues.

“We need to get three points to make the fans happy,” said Abbas.

“It-s going to be really difficult I think because they are coming off a big loss so they need to prove themselves and it-s going to be a hard game for us. We need to get back on track as well.

“If we get back on track we can jump to fourth or fifth. It-s going to be a hard game so we will work hard this week and get the job done on the weekend.”

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