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The UAE brought 24 players to Southeast Asia for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying match

The UAE brought 24 players to Southeast Asia for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying match

Coach Bert Van Marwijk of the UAE team has published a list of 24 players, preparing for the match against the Vietnamese team on November 14th, within the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying (Asian region).

The three most significant absences from the UAE team are striker Ali Mabkhout (suspended), midfielders Ahmed Berman and Khalil Ibrahim (injured).

Of these, Ali Mabkhout is the most unfortunate absence of the West Asian team, because he is the player scoring the most goals in UAE football (55 goals in 80 matches).

The UAE team will come to Thailand to get used to the weather and time zone, before going to Hanoi to prepare for the match against the Vietnamese team.

All UAE players are playing in the domestic league, so they will have cohesion, and they will not take a long time to find a common voice on the football field.

The UAE is expected to bring all 24 players to Vietnam, and only shorten the list to 23, according to FIFA regulations, at a technical meeting 1 day before the match.

The UAE will move to Bangkok (Thailand), in order to get used to the weather and time zone of Southeast Asia on November 9th. After that, they will come to Hanoi close to the competition day.

In the latest trip to Thailand, also in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, in mid-October, subjective, the UAE lost 1-2 against the Golden Temple football team, in a match where the UAE players said they were not in good physical condition because of the "shock" of the weather, as well as feeling uncomfortable because of time zone deviation.

Therefore, the West Asian team does not want to repeat this mistake of their own. They want to have the best preparation for the match against the Vietnamese team at My Dinh Stadium.

The match between the UAE and the Vietnamese team means the ticket to advance to the third qualifying round. Currently, the Vietnamese team is second with 7 points, while the UAE is third in Group G with 6 points.