Ahmed Akaichi- Better Than Rivas?

When Saudi Giants, Al-Ittihad lost their star striker Gelmin Rivas in the summer of 2016 fans of the club were left devastated after such a phenomenal spell he had at the club and they felt that they may never find a striker with that sort of goal scoring ability but with the acquisition of Tunisian International, Ahmed Akaichi Al-Ittihad managed to fill a big void and it certainly paid off as he brought a lot more than just goals to the side.

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The 28-Year-Old had a fantastic first year with his side netting 10 goals in 21 games while also bagging himself 8 Assists. Now you may think this return looks below par in comparison to Gelmin Rivas’ return in the previous season of 24 goals in 35 games but it was with Akaichi’s ability as a target man to bring others into the game which helped both wingers in the side reach double figures for the season and create arguably one of the best trio’s in Asian football. With torrid times off the field for the Saudi Club with financial issues which saw them be deducted 3 points in the league it was up to the players to perform on the pitch and try to make the fans forget about the problems which they very much did by winning the Crown Prince Cup with Akaichi playing a big role in the sides success by scoring and assisting in the 3-2 semi-final victory over bitter rivals Al-Ahli.

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Alongside the likes of Mahmoud Kahraba and Fahad Al-Muwallad, Ahmed Akaichi was playing a style of football which was most suited to him and allowed him to shine. On the international front, it was a different story as Akaichi was a part of the Tunisia side which Crashed out in the Quarter Finals of the African Cup of Nations in Early 2017 to Burkina Faso. Akaichi was unable to find the net in the 4 occasions he played in which was very surprising considering some of the players which he was playing alongside however Tunisia as a whole did underachieve massively.

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Ahmed Akaichi is very much a typical old fashioned number 9 as he always seems to be in the right place at the right time to slot in an easy chance inside the penalty area. He is also great at holding up the ball to bring his other team mates into the game and it shows with Kahraba finishing the season with 18 goals and Fahad finishing the season with 13 goals.

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With such an unknowingness on the future of Al-Ittihad it is unknown where Akaichi will be playing next season which will be frustrating to all Ittihad fans as he was such a key figure in the side that finished 4th in the league while also winning the Crown Prince cup. With his future, up in the air we will have to wait and see if the historic Saudi Arabian club will find the cash to keep his services or they will look for a much cheaper alternative who can replace him but in all honestly that would be a tough thing to ask.

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