Bani Yas hope the acquisition of Ghana defender Abdul Kadiri Mohammed will help them stay in the UAE top flight after a one-year absence.

Bani Yas made a return to the Arabian Gulf League for the forthcoming season after being crowned champions in the First Division.

The 22 year old centre back joins the Sky Blues on a season-long loan from Austrian Bundesliga club FK Austria Wien.

"Bani Yas Club has signed a contract with Ghanian player Abdul Kadiri Mohammed for a season from FK Austria Wien," the club announced on their official twitter handle.

"The 22-year-old is able to play at the centre of defence and defensive midfield, which gives several options to the team," the club added.

Mohammed made 32 appearances for FK Austria Wien since joining them from Ghanian club Ashanti Gold Sporting Club in 2016. He made his youth debut with Ashanti Gold Sporting Club before making his senior debut in the 2015-2016 season.

By Daraja Mutari