Host of the AFC Asian cup 2019 United Arab Emirates named their 23-Man squad for the tournament which will be starts from the 5th January. Few surprise inclusion and omition by the coach Alberto Zaccheroni as missing the services of star player Omar Abdulrahman while Ismail Matar Included in Squad despite of injury.
Ahmed Khalil’s inclusion in the final list,would be a big boost for United Arab Emirates side.
UAE 23-MAN SQUAD FOR AFC ASIAN CUP 2019:
GOALKEEPERS: Khalid Essa (Al Ain), Ali Khaseif (Al Jazira), Mohamed Al Shamsi (Al Wahda);
DEFENDERS: Mohamed Ahmed (Al Ain), Ismail Ahmed (Al Ain), Khalifa Al Hammadi (Al Jazira), Fares Juma (Al Jazira), Khalifa Mubarak (Al Nasr), Mahmoud Khamis (Al Nasr), Walid Abbas (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai);
MIDFIELDERS: Bandar Al Ahbabi (Al Ain), Amer Abdulrahman (Al Ain), Rayan Yaslam (Al Ain), Mohamed Abdulrahman (Al Ain), Khalfan Mubarak (Al Jazira), Majed Hassan (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai), Ismail Al Hammadi (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai), Ali Salmeen (Al Wasl), Khamis Esmail (Al Wasl);
FORWARDS: Ali Mabkhout (Al Jazira), Ahmed Khalil (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai), Saif Rashid (Sharjah), Ismail Matar (Al Wahda).
UAE Who have been drawn along with India, Bahrain and Thailand in Group A of the tournament. Host United Arab Emirate start their campaign against Bahrain on 5th january in the opening game of the AFC Asian cup fixture.
If we look at the Cocah Zaccheroni stats then under his guidance Japan won the Competition in 2011. Currently from the 16 games in charge for UAE team won four and lost five times while drawn remaining seven games.