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UAE to clash with Australia

dubai — The UAE Olympic national team take on Australia in the opener of the Group B of the 2012 London Olympic Games Qualifier R-3 at the Hindmarch Stadium on Wednesday night. The match is scheduled to kick off at 2.30pm UAE time.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2011, 12:12 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:17 AM

The Boys in White carried out their main training session at the match venue to give final touches to the game plan and team formation. Head coach Mahdi Ali is hopeful of UAE players putting their best foot forward.

Ali’s main focus in Monday’s workout at the match venue was to get the best formation for the match that would improve their chances in the tough encounter against the Soccoroos. He is apparently relying on a strict defensive strategy, which is to block all the routes to the UAE goalkeeper and depend mainly on the fast counterattacks without leaving any spaces for the opponents from which they would be able to break the citadel.

The UAE coach is looking for his team to set the pace of the match to keep the opponents under pressure and force them to make mistakes.

Ali is most likely to give the goalkeeper’s job to Ahmed Mahmoud considering the brilliant form he has displayed in recent appearances.

Abdul Aziz Sanqoor and Abdul Aziz Haikal will be deployed on the flanks with Saad Suroor and Mohammed Ahmed taking the role of the centre backs.

The midfield will see the welcome return of Zeyab Awana and Rashid Eissa to lend support to Amer Abdul Rahman and Mohammed Fawzi.

Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout will carry the hopes of the team upfront.

UAE campaign in the qualifiers

The UAE Olympic national team started their campaign in the 2012 London Games qualifiers with a home and away clashes against Australia in the preliminary round of the competition. Both encounters were held in the UAE and the hosts won 7-1 and 3-0 respectively to make it in the next stage.

UAE beat North Korea 1-0 in Pyongyang and drew their home match 1-1 in Al Ain City to navigate into the third stage.

The Australians were exempted from the preliminary round and beat Yemen 7-0 on the two games aggregate.

UAE in all-white colours

The national team will appear in the distinguished all-white jerseys against Australia.

The home team will wear their traditional yellow and green colours. The referees will be in red.

The pre-match technical committee was held on Tuesday morning and attended by the officials and representatives of the two teams.

The UAE delegation has bought 200 tickets for the Arab and UAE fans living in Australia who have promised to come to the stadium to show their support for the players.

UAE ambassador to attend

Mohammed Rashid Al Nuaimi, UAE ambassador to Australia, arrived in Adelaide to attend the crucial tie between UAE and Australian. Also, a big crowd of Arab communities and UAE students will attend the match to cheer the Whites.

Ali Hamad heads for Palestine

UAE international referee Ali Hamad has been appointed for the international friendly between Palestine and South Africa, which will coincide with the historical speech of the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas before the UN general assembly.

hisham@khaleejtimes.com



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