Monday, March 30, 2015

Iran U23 3:0 Palestine U23 (2016 Olympic Qualifying)

Fadi Zidan with Palestine's best chance of the game. 
Palestine's qualifying hopes were dealt a killer blow with a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Group C hosts Iran on Friday. The day started off well enough for Palestine with Afghanistan scoring a shock 0-0 draw of Saudi Arabia. That result meant Palestine could conceivably hope for second place in the group with a draw against Team Melli provided the Iranians registered victories against the rest of the field.

Palestine entered the game with three changes to their starting eleven against Saudi Arabia Mohammed Yamin replaced Hani Naboulse while Yousef Al-Ashhab was tasked with providing extra cover in midfield in place of Mahmoud Abuwarda. The other change saw Oday Kharoub make way for the speedier Mohammed Abu Asfour.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Palestine U23 0:1 Saudi Arabia U23 (2016 Olympic Qualifying)

Palestine's Starting XI vs. Saudi Arabia. 
After securing a 2-0 win against Afghanistan in their AFC U23 Championship qualification opener, Palestine had an opportunity to go top of Group C with a draw or win over their Saudi counterparts.

For the majority of the action on Wednesday, it seemed that Al-Fida'i would be able to do just that. Abdel-Nasser Barakat reshuffled his lineup with Oday Kharoub and Hani Naboulse replacing Mohammed Asfour and Osama Al-Sabah.

The apparent aim of exploiting Saudi Arabia on the counter  was implemented perfectly by the players. So much so that Saudi Arabia was forced into their first change just 34 minutes through, Abdel Majeed Al-Suwailam coming on for the overwhelmed Rayyan Al-Musa.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Palestine U23 2:0 Afghanistan U23 (2016 Olympic Qualifying)

Tehran, Iran - Palestine's Olymic team secured an important three points in their attempt to qualify for the AFC U23 Championship in Qatar next year and stay alive in Olympic qualifying. Al-Fida'i 2-0 win over Afghanistan opened Group C action on the Shahid Dastegerdi Stadiun in Tehran. Goals were scored by Mahmoud Abu Warda (7') and Mahmoud Sheikhqasem (75').

The result gave Palestine temporary control of the group but are now second, behind Iran, who dismantled Nepal 5-0 later in the day.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Manisaspor's Mohamed Abo-Shark joins Olympic Team

Abo Shark at Manisaspor's training ground

In a positive sign towards talent development the PFA has secured the services of 21-year old, Sweden born, Mohamed Abo-Shark. After rising through the ranks of Landskrona, Abo-Shark dropped down a division to play with Torns last season.

This January, Abo Shark sealed a move to Turkey after spending some time on trial at various clubs. He's currently part of Manisaspor's youth setup but is highly rated by the coaching staff who see him developing into a good player.

Abo Shark can play as an advanced midfielder or forward and should provide an added level of tenacity to Palestine's attack during the AFC U23 Championship qualifiers next week. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Taraji Wadi Al-Nes look to continue good form in AFC Cup

With two out of six group matches already in the books, Taraji has found a way to avoid defeat at the death in spectacular circumstances.

Their debut against Al-Jazira (JOR) saw them go down a goal in the first half but an equalizer seemed to be on the cards. The Kuwaiti referee turned down no less than four penalty appeals before 36 year-old Samih Yousef Abuhammad stepped up in injury time: