Monday, April 15, 2013

Squad to face Qatar announced

Palestine held Qatar to a goalless draw last year.

The PFA surprisingly announced a friendly versus Qatar last week in what is a concerted attempt to get the national team ready for the AFC Challenge Cup in eleven months time. For the time being this seems to be an unofficial friendly, aimed at getting more exposure for domestic based players who will most likely make up the bulk of the Challenge Cup squad.

The match is set for April 17th in Doha but further details have yet to be revealed.

There has been a surprise call up for Maen Jamal, who last played for the national team in the first game of the Mousa Bezaz era. Earning his first senior team call-up is Mus'ab Al-Battat, who at 17, was the youngest member of the Olympic squad two years ago.

There have been some surprise omissions from the 20-man squad as well. Shabab Al-Khaleel duo Mohammed Shbair and Abdelhamid Abuhabib are not in the squad whilst the likes of Husam Abu Saleh, Eyad Abugharqud, Khaled Salem, Samer Hijazi, and Adham Abu Rwais withdrew citing various unspecified reasons.





GOALKEEPERS:

Palestinian territories Toufic Ali
Club: Tarji Wadi Al-Nes
Age: 22 (08/11/1990)
Appearances: 12 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Fadi Jaber 
Club: Al-Jam'iya Al-Islamiya
Age: 23 (09/08/1990)
Appearances: None
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Rami Hamadeh
Club: Thaqafi Tulkarem 
Age: 19 (24/03/1994)
Appearances: None
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

DEFENDERS:


Palestinian territories Mus'ab Al-Battat
Club: Shabab Al-Dhahrieh
Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 19
Appearances: 0 (0)
Last Call-up: N/A

Palestinian territories Nadim Barghouthi
Club: Shabab Al-Khaleel
Position: Center Back
Age: 23 (09/05/1989)
Appearances: 8 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Haitham Deeb
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Center Back
Age: 26 (03/12/1986)
Appearances: 11 (1)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Raed Fares
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Left/Right Back
Age: 30 (06/12/1982)
Appearances: 18 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Khaled Mahdi 
Club: Al-Am'ary
Position: Center Back
Age: 25 (01/02/1987)
Appearances: 23 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Ahmed Salameh 
Club: Al-Am'ary
Position: Center/Right Back
Age: 23 (07/11/1989)
Appearances: 6 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

MIDFIELDERS: 


Palestinian territories Mousa Abujazr
Club: Shabab Al-Khaleel
Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 25 (28/08/1987)
Appearances: 22 (1)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Fayez Asileh
Club: Shabab Al-Khaleel
Position: Midfielder
Age: ?
Appearances: 2 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Murad Ismail
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Box-to-box Midfielder
Age: 30 (15/12/1982)
Appearances: 18 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Maen Jamal
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 26 (06/02/1987)
Appearances: 6 (0)
Last Call-up: v. China (Friendly, 18/07/2009)

Palestinian territories Abed Kaebia
Club: Shabab Al-Dhahrieh
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 28
Appearances: 1 (0)
Last Call-up: v. India (Friendly, 06/02/2013)

Palestinian territories Ahmed Maher 
Club: Shabab Al-Dhahrieh
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 21 (22/07/1991)
Appearances: 1 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Pakistan (Cancelled Friendly, 16/10/2012)

Palestinian territories Suleiman Obeid 
Club: Al-Am'ary
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 28 (24/03/1984)
Appearances: 17 (2)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Mahmoud 'Al-Koori' Sheikhqasem
Club: Al-Am'ary
Position: Holding Mid
Age: 19 (22/04/1993)
Appearances: 5 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Houssam Wadi 
Club: Ittihad Shajeaya (Gaza)
Position: Holding Midfielder
Age: 26 (25/08/1986)
Appearances: 23 (2)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

FORWARDS:

Palestinian territories Alaa Attieh
Club: Ittihad Shajaeya (Gaza)
Position: Striker
Age: 22 (03/06/1990)
Appearances: 7 (1)
Last Call-up: v. Malaysia (26/03/2013)

Palestinian territories Mohammed Barakat 
Club: Ittihad Khanyounes (Gaza)
Position: Striker
Age: 28 (22/07/1984)
Appearances: 1 (0)
Last Call-up: 2014 Challenge Cup qualifying