Monday, September 22, 2014

Asian Games: Palestine fall to Singapore but win Group C to book KO date with Japan

Japan awaits Palestine in the Round of 16
Starting XI: Hammadeh, Al-Battat, Salah, Mahdi, Jaber; Abugheneima, Kahroub, Jboor, Musa; Maher, Mara'ba

Substitutions: Mara'ba <-> Batran 57' // Abuwarda <-> Jboor 63' // Kahroub <-> Masalma 70' 

Goals Scored : Ahmed Maher 83' 

Cautions : Abdullah Jaber 45+2' , Tamer Salah  55, Tareq Abugeheneima 90+5 

Highlights after the jump.... 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Palestine through to Asian Games knockout stage after 2-1 win over Tajikistan

Mara'ba was on the scoresheet again for Al-Fida'i
Palestine Starting XI: Hammadeh, Al-Battat, Salah, Mahdi, Jaber; Abu Warda, Kharoub Al-Koori, Musa; Maher, Mara'ba

Cautions: Oday Kharoub 41', Hilal Musa 60' 

Goals: Mara'ba 34', Musa 37'

Highlights after the jump....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jamal Mahmoud resigns as National Team Manager

Saeb Jendeya (R) will take over in an interim role.
Jamal Mahmoud has resigned as Palestine's national team manager. No direct causes were cited for the resignation but the former Hilal Al-Quds and Wehdat boss had said that he had intended to tender his resignation earlier. 

Reports say that Mahmoud was upset at the lack of communication with the WBPL and felt that the upcoming league schedule should have been set up around national team preparations for the Asian Cup. Moreover, Al-Ghad has reported that the manager had gone eight months without pay. 

In his steed, the PFA has announced that former national team captain Saeb Jendeya will take on the role. Joining his staff will be Fahed Attal- who is Palestine's all-time leading scorer (14 goals) and is still an active player with Shabab Al-Khaleel. 

These appointments are expected to be temporary and it remains to be seen who the PFA will approach to take the job on full-time. 

Mahmoud leaves the post as the most successful manager in Palestine's history. He guided Palestine to the semifinals of the Pan-Arab Games upon taking the post in late 2011. Four months later, Palestine made the semifinals of the Challenge Cup losing to eventual champions Korea DPR. 

In regional tournaments, Mahmoud had less success although he guided Palestine to their first ever WAFF Championship victory (1-0 v. Lebanon) and did manage draws against Saudi Arabia in the 2012 Arab Cup (2-2) and the 2014 WAFF Championship (0-0). 

Unfortunately for Jamal Mahmoud a series of logistical problems often prevented him from fielding his best lineup. Despite this, Mahmoud took an undermanned, underprepared side in 2013 and again in 2014 and led them to a historic Asian Cup qualification without playing a single home game. In the process, his teams won six games and drew twice- never conceding a goal (+16 GD).

Palestine's Olympic Team defeats Oman to open up 2014 Asian Games

Palestine Starting XI: Hammadeh, Battat, Salah, Mahdi (C), Jaber; Musa, Sheikhqasem, Kharoub, Abuwardeh; Maher, Mara'ba. 

Substitutions: Abuwardeh <--> Abugheneima 67' // Kharoub <-> Musallmeh 78' // Maher <--> Jboor 87'

Goals: Ahmed Maher 39' // Hamada Mara'ba 56'

Cautions: Abuwardeh 35'

Highlights after the jump

Monday, September 8, 2014

Senior, Olympic Team show flashes of brilliance in Weekend Dobuleheader

Javier Cohene Mereles opens his account on his debut.

Early Saturday, Palestine saved face in the Peace Cup jumping out to a 2-0 lead over Chinese Taipei en route to a crazy 7-3 victory.

In the evening, the Olympic team kept Brazil at bay for 66 minutes in a game that showcased Rami Hammadeh's excellent goalkeeping skills.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Assessing the damage after the Myanmar debacle

Palestine were left to pick up the pieces.
An underprepared and shorthanded Palestine side slumped to one of their worst defeats of the Jamal Mahmoud era losing to unfancied Myanmar 4-1. Ahmed Maher scored the lone goal for Palestine in the dying minutes of regular time. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Preview: Chaos, disorganization as Palestine prepare for Peace Cup

The Managers pose with the Peace Cup Trophy

Peace Cup (Friendly Tournament)
Opponents: Myanmar & Chinese Taipei/Philippines 
When: September 3rd/6th 
Where: Rizal Satdium, Manila, Philippines 
Kickoff: 11 AM (v. Myanmar) Jerusalem Time