|Palestine will look to recapture the form that helped them win their group at the 2014 Asian Games.|
Olympic Team manager Abdel-Nasser Barakat announced a 24-man roster for upcoming qualifying tournaments. Asia has been awarded three berths for Rio 2016 with the three top finishers at the AFC U23 Championship punching their tickets to Brazil.
Palestine have been drawn against Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nepal, and Afghanistan in Group C. The second seed in the group, Iran, will host all group games set to take place from March 23-31.
Palestine kicks off proceedings against Afghanistan on the 23d before facing Saudi Arabia two days later. Al-Fida’i have a bye on the 27th before a crucial encounter against the hosts on the 29th before wrapping up group play against Nepal on the 31st.
The ten group winners alongside the five best runners up will join Qatar in qualifying for the AFC U23 Championship set to be held next January.
The side will face their South African counterparts in a friendly tuneup in Hebron (Saturday, March 14th, 4 PM).
Full squad after the jump…
Rami Hammadi (Shabab Al-Khader), Ramzi Al-Fakhuri (Thaqafi Tulkarem), Ameen Al-Darawish (Shabab Dora)
Yazan Al-Awaiwi, Yousef Al-Ashab (both Shabab Al-Khaleel), Alaa Badran (Thaqafi Tulkarem), Hazem Abdullah (Taraji Wadi Al-Nes), Ameed Makharzeh (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh), Ahmed Al-Zariqi (Asker), Mus’ab Al-Battat (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh), Ibrahim Jalayta (Hilal Jericho), Abduallah Jaber (Hilal Al-Quds)
Osama Al-Sabah (Thaqafi Tulkarem), Mahmoud Abu Wardeh (Balata), Mohamed Al-Hafi, Oday Kharoub (both Silwan), Mohamed Yameen (Islami Qalqilya), Mahmoud Sheikhqasem (Al-Am’ary), Omar Al-Sawaiti (JSM)
Mohammed Mar’aba (Shabab Al-Khader), Mohammed Al-Karaki (Shabab Al-Khaleel), Mohammed Asfour (Al-Am’ary), Islam Batran (Yatta), Oday Kharoub (Silwan), Fadi Zidan (Taraji Wadi Al-Nes)، Mohhammed Khalil (Al-Bireh)