As has been the norm with almost every squad Palestine has announced over the past decade Israel has decided to weigh in. It has determined that defender Khaled Mahdi, defensive midfielder Maaly Kaware, playmaker Ayman Al-Hendi and backup goalkeeper Mohammed Shbair (who only just was allowed back into the West Bank by Israel) were denied travel.
Manager Mousa Bezaz had originally needed to whittle down six of the players that had participated in the Al-Ram training camp. Due to Israeli interference, however, Bezaz now only has to cut two players although you can be assured that not everyone who had a good camp is included in the squad. The other two players who did not make the cut are Jabal Al-Mokaber’s fraternal duo Shadi and Jamal Allan.
Here is what the final squad looks like:
Ramzi Saleh (Al-Merreikh, Sudan), Abdullah Al-Saidawi (Hilal Al-Quds), Fahed Al-Fakhuri (Thaqafi Tulkarem)
Ahmed Harbi (Al-Am’ary), Abdelatif Bahdari (Wehdat, Jordan), Hatem Karim (Jabal Al-Mokaber), Haitham Dheeb (Hilal Al-Quds), Samer Hijazi (Jabal Al-Mokaber), Majed Abusidu (Tadamon, Kuwait)
Hussam Abu Saleh (Hilal Al-Quds), Ismail Al Amour (Jabal Al-Mokaber), Suleiman Obeid (Al-Am’ary), Khader Yousef, Ashraf Nu’man (both Wadi Al-Nes), Hesham Salhe (Hilal Al-Quds), Housam Wadi (Jabal Al-Mokaber)
Mohammed Jamal (Al-Bireh), Murad Said (Hilal Al-Quds), Ahmed Keshkesh, Fahed Attal (Both Wehdat, Jordan)
NUMBER OF PLAYERS BY CLUB AFFILIATION
HILAL AL-QUDS 5
JABAL AL-MOKABER 4
WEHDAT (JORDAN) 3
WADI AL-NES 2
THAQAFI TULKAREM 1
AL-MERREIKH (SUDAN) 1
TADAMON (KUWAIT) 1