Matar to miss India match

The UAE ace Ismail Matar has been ruled out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against India due to injury, it was confirmed on Saturday.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sun 26 Jun 2011, 11:08 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:10 AM

The Al Wahda star is expected to undergo a knee surgery in Germany and could be out of action for quite a long time.

Meanwhile, Al Wasl keeper Majid Nasser is likely to be removed from the short list of players who headed for Austria to prepare for the Indian challenge.

UAE will take on India at the Nehru Stadium in Delhi on July 19 and Al Qattara Stadium in Al Ain city four days later. The following players have been shortlisted for the Austria training camp: Majed Nasser, Saeed Al Kas (Al Wasl), Ali Khusaif, Khaled Sabeel, Abdulla Mosa, Subait Khater (Al Jazira), Yousuf Jaber, Zeyab Awana, Amer Abdul Rahman, Mohammed Fawzi (Bani Yas), Waleed Abbas, Mohammed Ahmed (Al Shabab), Fares Jumaa, Mosallam Faiz, Ali Al Weihibi, Omer Abdul Rahman (Al Ain), Mahmoud Khamis, Mohammed Al Shehhi, Ismail Matar, Salem Saleh, Adel Al Hosani, Hamdan Al Kamali (Al Wahda), Ismail Al Hammadi and Ahmed Khalil (Al Ahli).

The Olympic national team players will reunite with them on July 1.

Jumaa to Al Jazira

In another development, veteran Abdul Rahim Jumaa will reunite with his brothers Abdul Salam and Ahmed Jumaa after the former Al Wahda midfielder singed a three-year contract with champions Al Jazira.

Abdul Salam and Ahmed Jumaa were also transferred from Al Wahda to Al Jazira in the last couple of years.

Unconfirmed media reports said Saudi Arabia and Al Hilal forward Yasser Al Qahtani agreed to play for Al Ain on loan after a successful negotiations with the player and his club.

UAE juniors head for Germany

The UAE U-15 national team started their internal training camp at Al Wasl Club before they head for Germany on July 5 to prepare for the upcoming commitments.

The boys in white will line up for honours in the 2012 AFC U-16 Cup qualifiers, which will be held in Kuwait in September. UAE will face hosts Kuwait, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Maldives. After their first match against Yemen on September 12, UAE will play Afghanistan Sept on 14, Pakistan Sept on 17, Maldives Sept on 19 and Kuwait Sept on 22.

The top two teams will advance to the finals along with the best third team in West Asia qualifier.

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