|Palestine in their last official game (Friendly vs. Lebanon)|
Over the weekend, national team manager Abdel Nasser Barakat and the Palestinian Football Association released their plan for Asian Cup qualifying preparation. For the next month, the national team will train together for three days a week. The initial list includes 26 players plying their trade in the WBPL as well as national team captain, Abdelatif Bahdari.
WBPL leaders Hilal Al-Quds have the largest contingent of players (7), followed by holder Shabab Al-Khaleel (6) and Palestine Cup holders Ahli Al-Khaleel (5).
Notable absences include Mohammed Abu Khamis, Pablo Tamburrini, and Alexis Norambuena. The triumvirate all saw action during Palestine’s World Cup qualifying campaign in addition to Khader Yousef and Mahmoud Sheikhqasem who haven’t featured in Abdel Nasser Barakat’s plans as of late.
Palestine is expected to play a friendly ahead of their first 2019 Asian Cup qualifier, vs. Maldives (March 28th).
The list of 27 domestically based players will be whittled down and a large contingent of Palestinian players playing abroad is expected to join the squad as well.
Squad Details after the jump…
Rami Hammadi (Thaqafi Tulkarem), Toufic Ali, Ghanem Mahajneh (both Shabab Al-Khaleel), Anas Abu Seif (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh)
Abdelatif Bahdari (Abnaa Al-Quds), Mohammed Saleh, Abdallah Jaber (Ahli Al-Khaleel), Yahya Hareeb (Shabab Dora), Haitham Dheeb, Alaa Abu Saleh (both Shabab Al-Khaleel), Mus’ab Battat (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh), Tamer Salah, Ahmad Al-Sayyed, Fadi Salbees (all Hilal Al-Quds)
Mohammed Darwish, Oday Dabbagh, Tamer Seyam, Hani Abdullah (all Hilal Al-Quds), Jonathan Cantillana, Mohammed Natour, Shadi Shaban (all Ahli Al-Khaleel), Mahmoud Abu Wardeh (Balata), Mohammed Yameen, Sameh Maraba (Thaqafi Tulkarem)
Ahmed Abu Nahyeh (Shabab Al-Khaleel), Ashraf Nu’man (Shabab Al-Khaleel)