Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pan-Arab Squad Announced


As previously reported on our twitter account.

Jamal Mahmoud has called up 21 players to take part in the football tournament of the 2011 Pan-Arab Games. The list includes two players who ply their trade abroad: Goalkeeper Ramzi Saleh (Smouha FC/EGY), who will captain the squad and Syrianska (SWE) midfielder Imad Zatara who could receive his eighth cap after a five year layoff (Zatara did play against Dynamo Moscow in 2010).

Notable absences include Murad Alyan who has declined a call-up due to work commitments. Ahmed Keshkesh and Fahed Attal are also excluded presumably due to a lack of goal scoring form with their clubs.

Palestine are grouped with Jordan, Libya, and Sudan in their group- group winners as well as the best of the three runner-ups advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Ramzi Saleh will break Saeb Jendeya's cap record (70) if Palestine reach the final and he plays in all five games.

Goalkeepers:
Ramzi Saleh (Smouha FC/EGY)
Mohammed Shbair (Shabab Al-Khaleel)
Toufic Ali (Wadi Al-Nes)

Defenders:
Ahmed Harbi (Al-Am'ary)
Hussam Abu Saleh (Hilal Al-Quds)
Haitham Dheeb (Hilal Al-Quds)
Raed Fares (Hilal Al-Quds)
Mohammed Al-Masri (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh)
Nadim Barghouthi (Shabab Al-Khaleel)

Midfielders:
Imad Zatra (Syrianska/SWE)
Ismail Amour (Al-Am'ary)
Ma'ly Kawre' (Al-Am'ary)
Suleiman Obeid (Al-Am'ary)
Murad Ismail (Hilal Al-Quds)
Ali El-Khatib (Hilal Al-Quds)
Atef Abu Bilal (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh)
Ashraf Nu'man (Wadi Al-Nes)
Khader Yousef (Wadi Al-Nes)

Forwards:
Khaled Salem (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh)
Eyad Abugharqud (Shabab Al-Khaleel)