Palestine has twice faced Bangladesh and Nepal at previous Challenge Cup competitions. Al-Fida'i beat Bangladesh 2-0 during the qualification phase for the 2012 edition and went on to beat Nepal in the opening game of the 2012 finals by the same score. Previous encounters with Bangladesh and Nepal in Challenge Cup play have ended in a 0-0 and 1-1 draw, respectively.
This will be Palestine's first ever match against the Northern Mariana Islands- an American Commonwealth in the Pacific with a population of less than 62,000. Despite its associate membership in the AFC, NMI is not a member of FIFA and the result of this match will not enter FIFA's registry.