Moataz Al Shami (Dubai)
Our national team will leave for Doha tomorrow (Friday) to participate in the Arab Cup, which begins on November 30 and will continue until December 18 with the participation of 16 teams. The “White” lottery was drawn in Group B along with Tunisia, Syria and Mauritania.
The team raises the slogan of continuing victories and positive results, especially after the recent victory over Lebanon in its stadium, at the beginning of the second leg of the decisive stage of the Asian qualifiers, with the aim of doubling confidence, in addition to increasing homogeneity between all elements, before resuming the Asian qualifiers qualifying for the “World Cup 2022”, which It is ranked third in the first group, and needs to consolidate its position in the last four rounds, which take place in late January and late March.
The technical staff is taking advantage of the Arab Cup, to install the way of playing and the squad and work to increase homogeneity and harmony among all players, which means that it is a very important station to improve the image, and to produce the greatest technical gains for Al-Abyad, who begins his career in the tournament by facing Syria next Tuesday, and Mauritania On December 3, the first round will conclude with a match against Tunisia on December 6.
Dutch coach Marvik announced a list that includes Ali Khaseef, Khaled Issa, Mohammed Al Shamsi (goalkeepers), Bandar Al Ahbabi, Mohammed Barghash, Abdel Aziz Heikal, Shaheen Abdel Rahman, Mohammed Al Attas, Walid Abbas, Muhannad Salem, Mahmoud Khamis (Defense), and Majed Rashid Ali Salmin, Abdullah Ramadan, Abdullah Hamad, Ismail Matar, Tahnoun Al Zaabi, Muhammad Jumaa, Khalil Al Hammadi, Cayo Canedo, Ali Saleh “Al Wasat” and Ali Mabkhout and Sebastien Tigali “The Attack”.
The sources revealed the interest of the technical staff of the team, led by Marvik, to hold a session with the players before traveling, during which he stressed the need to show seriousness, focus and adhere to the instructions, in addition to restoring the fighting spirit and providing the best possible performance, giving the team more confidence, and contributing to increasing confidence in the team’s march during The next stage, where increased harmony and understanding between all elements will be present on the field, despite the fact that only 23 players are accompanied, but according to the preparations for the next stage, the list participating in the tournament will be the basic formation of the “white” in the rest of the Asian qualifiers as well.
The team trained during the past two days at the Al-Wasl sub-stadium, before traveling to Doha, where it is expected to perform evening training after arriving at the Qatar University sub-stadium, which will witness the performance of the rest of the team’s training during its stay there.
For his part, Ali Abbas, the former Al-Nasr and national team player, confirmed his confidence that the team will appear in a better picture than it was, especially as it is participating in a “combined tournament,” pointing out that “Al-Abyad” needs to gain more confidence and increase understanding between all parties. His players will perform well in the upcoming matches.
He said: Seriousness in training and matches, in addition to adhering to the fighting spirit and winning all matches, are the factors that are able to restore Al-White Certainly to provide outstanding levels in the tournament with the rest of the players.
As for the goals of participating in the tournament, and whether the competition for the title or going up to the semi-finals, he said: The goal is to win the first match against Syria, and then think about the next match.
He added: The team must deal with each match separately, and not think beyond that, but must focus on the way of playing and the chances of his technical personality on the field, and correcting the negatives that appeared in the qualifying journey, most notably wasting opportunities in front of the goal, all of which are factors if the team succeeds in Treated, it will have a different shape and perform better.