Thursday, December 25, 2014

2015 Asian Cup Roster Finalized

Palestinian Talisman: Ashraf Nu'man
Ahmed El-Hassan and the Palestine Football Association have announced the finalized list of players who will take part in Al-Fida'i's inaugural Asian Cup campaign.

Palestine's initial roster of 27 was trimmed down to 23 players with the exclusion of Adham Abu Rwais, Ramzi Barakat, Matías Jadue, and Daniel Kabir Mustafá. 

The exclusion of the later two comes as a surprise with Jadue missing out due to issues with his nationality switch. Multiple sources had Daniel Kabir Mustafá joining up with the squad in Australia but he has also been left out of the squad. 

No 11th hour additions have been made to the squad although the PFA could have drawn from a preliminary list of 50 players (not released to the press). 

Out of the 23 players, six ply their trade abroad (in Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia & Sweden). 

Although most starters are expected to be drawn from the group of players retained after the failed 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign; there are signs that the staff has purposefully included young players in the team. Nine members of the squad are under the age of 25. Three players (Mahmoud Eid, Abed Jaber, and Mus'ab Al-Battat) are born in 1993 and are still eligible to turn out for the Olympic team alongside the squad's youngest player- third choice goalkeeper Rami Hamadeh (20). 

The squad's oldest player is Goalkeeper Ramzi Saleh (34) and he is also the most capped (107).

 The oldest outfield player is Raed Fares (32) followed by Murad Ismail who is six days his junior. 

Ashraf Nu'man is the top goalscorer in the squad (13) and could overtake Fahed Attal as Palestine's all-time leading scorer with a pair of goals Down Under.  

Full Squad after the jump... 


GOALKEEPERS


Egypt Ramzi Saleh (C)
Club: None
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 34 (08/08/1980)
Appearances: 107 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Palestinian territories Toufic Ali
Club: Tarji Wadi Al-Nes
Age: 24 (08/11/1990)
Appearances: 16 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Palestinian territories Rami Hamadeh
Club: Khader FC 
Age: 20 (24/03/1994)
Appearances: None
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

DEFENDERS

Palestinian territories Mousa Abujazr
Club: Khader FC
Position: Left Back/Central Midfielder
Age: 27 (28/08/1987)
Appearances: 31 (1)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Palestinian territories Mus'ab Al-Battat
Club: Shabab Al-Dhahrieh
Position: Right Back
Age: 21 (12/11/1993)
Appearances: 6 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Club: Wehdat 
Age: 30 (20/02/1984)
Position: Center Back 
Appearances: 32 (1)
Last Call-up: v. Vietnam (09/14/2014)

Palestinian territories Haitham Deeb
Club: Jabal Al-Mukaber
Position: Center Back
Age: 28 (03/12/1986)
Appearances: 18 (1)
Last Call-up: v. Vietnam (09/14/2014)

Palestinian territories Raed Fares
Club: Thaqafi Tulkarem 
Position: Left/Right Back
Age: 32 (06/12/1982)
Appearances: 28 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Palestinian territories Ahmed Harbi 
Club: Al-Am'ary
Position: Right Back
Age: 28 (16/07/1986)
Appearances: 20 (1)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Poland Alexis Norambuena 
Club: GKS Belchatów
Age: 30 (31/03/1984)
Position: Left Back
Appearances: 7 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Palestinian territories Abdullah Jaber
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position:  Left Back
Age: 21 (17/02/1993)
Appearances: 10 (0)
Last Call-up: v. Vietnam (09/14/2014)

Palestinian territories Tamer Salah
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Centre Back
Age: 28 (03/04/1986)
Appearances: 2 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

MIDFIELDERS

Palestinian territories Hussam Abu Saleh
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Right Back
Age: 31 (14/02/1983)
Appearances: 48 (3)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Age: 30 (02/10/1984)
Position: Winger
Appearances: 43 (7)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Slovenia Jaka Ihbeisheh
Club: NK Krka
Position: Winger
Age: 28 (29/08/1986)
Appearances: 2 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014) 

Palestinian territories Murad Ismail
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Box-to-box Midfielder
Age: 32 (15/12/1982)
Appearances: 32 (1)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Palestinian territories Hesham Salhe
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Box-to-Box Midfielder
Age: 27 (08/11/1987)
Appearances: 13 (1)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)


Palestinian territories Khader Yousef
Club: Tarji Wadi Al-Nes
Position: Midfield
Age: 30 (06/10/1984)
Appearances: 51 (1)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

FORWARDS

Palestinian territories Abdelhamid Abuhabib
Club: Balata
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 25 (08/06/1989)
Appearances: 29 (7)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Sweden Mahmoud Eid
Club: Nyköpings BIS
Position: Forward
Age: 21 (06/23/1993)
Appearances: 4 (1)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Palestinian territories Ahmed Maher 
Club: Ahli Al-Khaleel
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 23 (22/07/1991)
Appearances: 14 (5)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)

Saudi Arabia Ashraf Nu'man 
Club: Al-Faisaly
Age: 28 (29/07/1986)
Position: Wide Forward
Appearances: 42 (13)
Last Call-up: v. Vietnam (09/14/2014)

Palestinian territories Khaled Salem 
Club: Hilal Al-Quds
Position: Striker
Age: 25 (17/11/1989)
Appearances: 15 (0)
Last Call-up: vs. China (21/12/2014)