Manchester Futsal Women’s Club head coach Abdallah Mohamed feels Sunday’s friendly against the England Deaf Women’s team can aid his side’s league campaign.
They remain unbeaten in the Women’s National Futsal League after taking four points from their opening two fixtures against Birmingham and Enfield.
And, with another tough league game fast approaching, he knows that facing a national futsal side will be a useful test for the squad.
“We are all really looking forward to Sunday’s game against the England Deaf Women’s team,” Mohamed said.
“We have played them twice before in friendlies and we know it will be a competitive encounter which will benefit both teams.
“England kick off their World Cup campaign in Thailand later this month, and it is fantastic for us that they feel we are a high enough standard to give them a good workout before they face the best teams in the world.
“They will be well-drilled and well-organised and I know it will help us learn and improve.”
Although it is sure to be a high-tempo clash, Mohamed’s attitude to friendly fixtures is that they provide his team with an opportunity to put some training-ground moves into action.
“I use friendlies to implement new systems and try new things,” he revealed.
“With friendlies it is all about learning. Of course, it will be a highly-competitive game and my players will want to go out there, showcase their talents and win the match. But if we test something out on Sunday and it works, we can then introduce it into competitive games.”
Last week’s 4-4 draw against Enfield was a source of frustration for Mohamed, who believes complacency cost them the chance of taking all three points.
He is eyeing a positive result on Sunday to provide his team with a boost as they prepare to face Bristol next week.
“I thought we started off really well against Enfield, but we didn’t capitalise on our advantage and that came back to haunt us later on in the game,” he said.
“We couldn’t get back into the game and couldn’t deal with the physical element which came into it as Enfield grew in confidence.
“We played more to their strengths rather than our own - we didn’t do the basics right and that cost us the win.”
On Bristol, Mohamed added: “They won the FA Futsal Cup last year, so we know they are a strong team.
“A big positive from last week’s game was that our goals were well-worked; some good individual and team efforts.
“We’ve been working on a few things in training and it’s good that it’s paying off, but we really need to build on that, and capitalise on our opponents’ errors more often.
“I always strive to improve and we still need to work on our own mistakes even if we are winning.
“Hopefully we can continue to do that against England and use what we have learned to beat Bristol next week.”
Manchester take on the England Deaf Women’s team at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire (TF10 9AT) at 10am on Sunday 8th November.