Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recap: Ahli Al-Khaleel 1-0 Khujand (2016 AFC Cup)

(courtesy of the-afc.com)

Hebron: Palestine’s Ahli Al Khalil advanced to the group stage of the 2016 AFC Cup on Tuesday when a solitary goal from Mahmoud Wadi earned them victory over Khujand from Tajikistan in their playoff meeting.
Victory means Ahli Al Khalil will feature in Group D of this season’s continental championship, where they will face Bahrain’s Al Muharraq, Fanja from Oman and Syrian side Al Jaish, winners of the inaugural AFC Cup in 2004.
Wadi claimed the only goal of the game in the 21st minute, when he had the time and space to pick his spot after good work down the right from Khaldun Halman set him up to score from close range.
The goal was just reward for an Ahli Al Khalil side that had dominated proceedings in the opening quarter of the game and the Palestinian side continued in a similar vein in the second half but were unable to add to the score.
Despite their inability to add to their total, Ahli Al Khalil ensured they advanced to the next phase of the competition and they will kick off the group stage when they travel to Bahrain to face Al Muharraq on February 24.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Preview: Ahli Al-Khaleel v. Khujand (2016 AFC Cup)

Ahli Al-Khaleel stars Jonathan Cantillana (L) & Abdallah Jaber

What: 2016 AFC Cup qualifying Playoff
Where: Dora International Stadium, Hebron, Palestine  
When: February 9th, 2016
Kickoff: 1600 Local 
Stream: http://www.pal24.net/news/sport

Ahli Al-Khaleel will attempt to double the amount of Palestinian teams in the AFC Cup (the Asian equivalent of the Europa League) tournament tomorrow when they take of Khujand of Tajikistan. Unlike most playoffs, this game is a one off with no return fixture. Hosting rights are given to the team determined to be the higher seed by the AFC organizing committee.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Five reasons why Palestine will advance to the final round of World Cup Qualifying

Can Palestine continue their run?
Palestine's next match is less than two months away so what better time to speculate on whether or not they can book their ticket to the final round* of Asian World Cup qualifying?

After conspiring to throw away a valuable point to Saudi Arabia in their first game it seemed that Palestine would be left using these games as a learning experience ahead of the more realistic goal of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE.

Despite good results against Malaysia (6-0) and UAE (0-0) Palestine squandered another two points in Dilli- spending most the first half in a reactive state. FIFA has yet to comment on whether or not the match would be overturned after it came to light that Timor Leste had illegally naturalized Brazilian players but for the sake of this argument will assume that the 1-1 result will stand.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

FIFA takes no action on Timor Leste player eligibility scandal

The big news in regards to Asian World Cup qualifying this month is that Kuwait has finally been punished for government interference in football. A 3-0 win awarded to Myanmar could potentially change the makeup of the final round.

It had been anticipated that FIFA would finally take action against Timor Leste whose naturalization tactics had made several prominent media outlets, including Vice Sports, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

#PalestiniansAbroad Transfer Roundup

This article will be continuously updated  throughout the duration of the transfer window. 

With the arrival of the new year l, new faxes begin to pop up in different places. Thus far, a couple of national team stalwarts will be playing for new clubs in 2016.

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