Official: Abdel Nasser Barakat takes over Al-Fida’i; announces preliminary squad

Barakat will be charged with infusing youth into the NT setup

PFA President has announced that Olympic Team manager Abdel Nasser Barakat will be handed the reigns of the senior team for their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaigns.

Abdel Nasser Barakat was the popular choice amongst many fans following his success with the U23 team. The 39 year old Barakat recently led the Olympic Team to wins over Afghanistan and Nepal in Olympic qualifying while also earning plaudits in competitive losses vs. Saudi Arabia and Iran.

His claim to fame was last year’s Asian Games where he led Palestine to their first ever goals and wins of the competition against Oman and Tajiksitan en route to winning their group.

In preparation for June’s qualifying matches against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia the former Al-Brieh boss has summoned 37 WBPL and First Division players for a brief training camp on Thursday, April 23rd. With an eye to the future some notable national team veterans have been excluded from the camp- Raed Fares and Murad Ismail- chief amongst them.

Full squad after the jump… 

Islami Qalqilya: Mohammed Yameen

Al-Am’ary: Ahmed Harbi, Ahmed Abdullah, Mahmoud Sheikhqasem, Mohammed Asfour 

Ahli Al-Khaleel: Ahmed Maher, Wael Mrisat, Khaldoun Al-Halman, Mahmoud Dayfallah

Balata: Mahmoud Abu Wardeh, Adham Abu Rwais, Abdelhamid Abuhabib 

Thaqafi Tulkarem: Oday Kharoub, Muath Mustafa 

Khader: Rami Hammadi, Mohammed Mara’aba 

Dora: Osama Shaaban 

Shabab Al-Dhahrieh: Ghanem Mahajneh, Mus’ab Al-Battat, Laith Kharoub, Mohammed Darwish, Qasim Mahameed

Asker: Ahmed Al-Zureiqi

Al-Bireh: Toufic Abed 

Hilal Al-Quds: Haitham Dheeb, Khaled Azzam, Obeidah Zbeidat, Abdullah Jaber, Tamer Salah 

Shabab Al-Khaleel: Tamer Seyam, Yousef Al-Ashhab

Taraji Wadi Al-Nes: Toufic Ali, Mohammed Abukhamis, Khader Yousef, Ayman Kharbat, Fadi Zidan

Shabab Yatta: Sameh Mara’ba

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