Palestine’s Olympic team’s preparations have ramped up with kick off to the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games fast approaching. The unofficial tournament won’t headline any football fan’s calendars but will serve as essential preparation for an Olympic team looking to qualify for their first ever U23 AFC Championship in July.
Olympic Team manager Ayman Sandouqa has revealed his final squad which will travel to Baku to participate in the tournament that will run from May 8th to May 21st.
In the last edition, Palestine lost to eventual champions Morocco 3-1 and beat eventual runners up Indonesia, 2-1. The combination of results saw all teams even on three points and Palestine were eliminated by goal difference. It was an improvement on their inaugural performance which saw Palestine lose all three games to Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen respectively.
This year Palestine will participate alongside seven other teams- they have been grouped alongside Turkey, Algeria, and Oman.
Palestine has included overage players in the squad with goalkeeper Ghanem Mahajneh (26) chief amongst them.
Full Squad Below…
|GK||Naim Abu Aker||Ahli Al-Khaleel||01/19/1995|
|GK||Ghanem Mahajneh||Shabab Al-Khaleel||04/20/1991|
|GK||Ramzi Al-Fakhuri||Thaqafi Tulkarem||02/18/1996|
|DF||Hazem Abdullah||Taraji Wadi Al-Nes||02/21/1996|
|DF||Yousef Al-Ashab||Shabab Al-Khaleel||02/10/1995|
|DF||Bahaa Wridat||Shabab Al-Dhahrieh||02/17/1997|
|DF||Wael Shaarawi||Shabab Al-Khaleel||04/09/1995|
|DF||Ahmed Zuryaqi||Merkaz Asker|
|DF||Alaa Haboos||Eslah Al-Burj (LIB)|
|DF||Mohammed Saleh||Ahli Al-Khaleel||07/18/1993|
|DF||Yazan Oweiwi||Taraji Wadi Al-Nes||06/06/1994|
|DF||Ahmed Al-Sayed||Hilal Al-Quds|
|MF||Mohanad Fannoun||Shabab Al-Khaleel||09/18/1995|
|MF||Oday Al-Dabbagh||Hilal Al-Quds||12/03/1998|
|MF||Mahmoud Abu Warda||Merkaz Balata||05/31/1995|
|MF||Mohammed Yameen||Thaqafi Tulkarem||09/19/1994|
|MF||Abdullah Abu Muhsen||Tubas|
|MF||Islam Batran||Wadi Degla (EGY)||10/01/1994|
|MF||Tamer Tatur||Shabab Al-Khaleel||02/03/1988|
|FW||Mahmoud Wadi||Ittihad Khan Younes||12/18/1994|
|FW||Mohammed Maraaba||Thaqafi Tulkarem||03/11/1994|
|FW||Mohammed Obeid||Hilal Al-Quds||09/30/1998|