Ghanaian midfielder Mudasiru Salifu experienced the disappointment of relegation from the Saudi Pro League with Al Batin FC after a draw in their penultimate game on Saturday.
Deployed as a center-back, the former Kotoko player played the full duration of the match. Al Batin could not secure a victory against Al Adalh, settling for a 2-2 draw in the Saudi Arabian top-flight.
Unfortunately, the draw was insufficient to prevent Al Batin’s relegation from the Saudi top division, with one match remaining in the season. Despite taking the lead through Uruguayan forward Renzo Lopez Patron in the 43rd minute, Al Batin conceded an equalizer just before half-time, scored by David Tijanic.
The home team regained their lead in the 67th minute through Saudi Arabian forward Youssef Al Shammari. However, Al Adalh managed to level the score in stoppage time through Reinaldo Lenis.
The draw confirms Al Batin’s relegation from the top-flight, and they are set to compete in the second-tier next season. Currently sitting at the bottom of the league with 20 points from 29 games, Al Batin’s campaign has been challenging.
Salifu joined Al Batin on loan from Kotoko for the second half of the season and has featured in 15 matches thus far and he is expected to return to the Reds should the club fail to make his deal permanent.