In the second part of the season, Esteghlal Molasani has many problems in the team. Due to unpaid salaries, 14 players left the team at the end of January, while the situation in front of this match is critical. According to the last reports in Iranian sports portals, two nights ago, after a meeting between the CEO of the club and the team members, it was decided that the demands of the players and the team’s technical staff will be paid on Wednesday, but due to the non-fulfillment of the CEO’s promise, the head coach Aziz Farisat was dismissed due to the problems and the lack of necessary conditions. Also, the team’s players have announced that they will return to Ahvaz and are not ready to play against Darya Babol.
In the interview, coach Farisat said: „The team doesn’t have training equipment, and players are left to the mercy of God. It’s not possible to work in these conditions where the players are completely unmotivated“. In the last two matches, they were convincingly defeated by relegation candidates Arman Gohar (2:0) and Khooshe Talaee (4:0). Darya Babol is a solid home team with 3-7-2 stats at home, and the two defeats came from the leader Shams Azar Qazvinand and 2nd placed Esteghlal Khuzestan. This is the penultimate round, where Darya Babol has an ideal chance to secure their place in the league because, in the last round, they will play away against Arman Gohar, who is also leading a battle for survival.