- The preparatory camp that the team is currently hosting in the Thai capital, Bangkok, will contribute to providing the players with the required image for the matches.
- The group includes strong teams, all seeking to qualify for the Asian Cup U-23 finals, and looking to reach the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
- The Emirates' team will play a friendly against a Thai club just before the Championships.
The United Arab Emirates Olympic football team continues its preparations series in the Thai capital, Bangkok, in preparation for its first confrontation in the Asian Cup U-23 Championship. The UAE will face Vietnam on Friday in Group D. Next week, they will play North Korea and Jordan.
In this regard, the technical staff of the national team, led by the Polish coach Maciej Skorza, decided that the team will play a friendly match tomorrow against a Thai club. The match will serve as an experiment, during which the technical staff seeks to implement the method of play that will be followed in the first match against Vietnam. It will also assure technical and physical readiness for players who perform their training with vitality and vigor.
Ghanem Mubarak Al-Hajri, member of the Transitional Committee of the Football Association and Chairman of the National Teams and Technical Affairs Committee, is keen to speak with the players on a daily basis and urge them to make every effort work during this period. The players will benefit from the training sessions and follow the instructions of the technical and administrative staff, he believes.
The team is expected to leave for Buriram, which will host the Group D matches, tomorrow, after the end of the friendly match. Ali Saleh, the player of Al Wasl Club and Emirate national football team, expressed optimism about the participation of the Olympic team participating in the Asian Cup U-23 Championship. He still hopes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, stressing everyone’s keenness to provide a level that reflects the development of Emirati football.
Saleh pointed out that the preparatory camp that the team is currently hosting in the Thai capital, Bangkok, will contribute to providing the players with the required image for the matches. Preparations are going well, and a wonderful atmosphere prevails. Saleh praised the great effort made by the technical and administrative staff of the team. Saleh promised to provide everything he has with the rest of his teammates in order to achieve the aspirations of Emirati football fans. He stressed that all players are keen to take advantage of the camp to reach the highest levels of readiness in the technical and physical sides before the start of the tournament.
The young player expressed his aspiration to present a distinguished level with the national team in the Asian Cup U-23 Championship, indicating that the Olympic team includes a large group of distinguished players. It does not lack experience, with a number of elements that have previously participated with the first national team in previous periods. Ali Saleh talked about the confrontations that await the national team. He said, “the group includes strong teams, all seeking to qualify for the Asian Cup U-23 finals, and looking to reach the Tokyo Olympics 2020, all teams have the ambition and motivation to continue the path in the current qualifiers, which makes us work hard to achieve our goal of being in Tokyo 2020.”
For his part, Mohammed Hassan Al Shamsi, goalkeeper of Al Wahda Club and Emirate Olympic national team, confirmed his keenness to harness the great field experiences he obtained from participating with the first national team. This will contribute to achieving the best results with the Olympic team in the AFC Asian Cup U-23 finals. Al Shamsi expressed his hopes that he and the rest of his fellow players can lead the team to achieve results that delight the Emirati fans.
Al Shamsi promised to make every effort to reach the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and raise the flag of Emirati football. Al Shamsi, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, said that all players realize the size of their responsibility, and make a double effort in training during the preparations leading up to the finals so that they are fully prepared to enter the championship.
Al Shamsi stated that all the matches will be difficult because all the teams will be careful not to waste the results of the matches, which will ignite the competition more and put all the participating teams in front of a big challenge that requires more focus.