Dubai: Al Wasl Club's playmaker Khalid Darwish and defender Khalaf Esmail joined Al Shabab Club yesterday in a deal, which expires at the end of the season.

"We take this opportunity to thank the Al Wasl club president and the club board for releasing the two players. We are working on strengthening our team for the domestic and continental tournaments," Abdul Qader Hassan, executive manager of Al Shabab, said in a press conference held yesterday at the Al Shabab stadium.

The two players were hopeful of doing well for Al Shabab. "I hope to do my best for Al Shabab in the forthcoming tournaments and I hope to win a title with my new club," said Darwish in the press conference.

Khalaf Esmail said he chose Al Shabab according to his own wish and no one forced him to sign for the league defending champions.

"It is true that Al Wasl signed with new defenders which some people thought it would be difficult for me to play regular, but that is not the reason, I signed for Al Shabab because they are one of the best clubs in the UAE and my own dsire led me to sign for the league champions last season," Khalaf Said. Khalid Darwish will wear the green shirt No 32, while Khalaf will wear No 18.