Sunday, April 20, 2014

Palestine 2:0 Al-Wakrah SC

Doha - The national team beat the Qatari club Al-Wakrah 2-0 this evening in the first of its preparatory friendlies ahead of the Challenge Cup.

Sameh Mar'aba opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with fellow national team newcomer Tamer Syam doubling the score in the second half (52'). Jamal Mahmoud used 15 players during the encounter in which the Fida'i gave balanced performance in defense and attack .

Full Report after the jump...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Palestine jets off to Doha training camp

Maher, Maraba, and More... Youth given a chance in preliminary Challenge Cup Squad. 

With a doubleheader of friendlies against Pakistan cancelled earlier this month, Al-Fidai will turn their attention to a 12-day preparatory camp with the aim of building fitness levels and increasing cohesion.

With the WBPL season ending two weeks ago a larger group of thirty players trained daily under the auspices of the national team staff. Two scrimmages against the Olympic team were used to formulate the final squad and newcomers Hilal Musa and Sameh Mar'aba's goals were enough to prolong their tryout with the national team. Other fresh faces come in the form of defenders Mahmoud Dayfallah, Abdullah Jaber, and attacking midfielder Tamer Syam.

Also joining the side will be two foreign-based players: Mohammed Qasim (Al-Ittihad/Libya) and Ibrahim Swidan (Tripoli/Lebanon) who were also part of the 2014 WAFF Championship side.

The PFA did not announce a full itinerary but it is expected that the National Team will continue onwards to Sri Lanka for the second phase of preparations after the culmination of this training camp.

Full Squad List after the jump: 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Challenge Accepted

Palestine's Challenge Cup preparations (which left much to be desired to begin with) hit a stumbling block as the planned training camp in Pakistan was cancelled due to "factors beyond the control" of the Pakistani FA.

Instead Jamal Mahmoud and the local selection he has called to the Faisal Husseini will go to Qatar for a camp from 13-23 April.

The winner of the CC will face a tough group in Australia: Japan, Iraq and Jordan. It's just around the corner folks.