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UAE to face various obstacles ahead of the AFC U23 Championship

UAE to face various obstacles ahead of the AFC U23 Championship

Only about 2 weeks ahead of the AFC U23 Championship, the UAE U23 team still can not assemble to prepare for this important tournament.

AFC U23 Championship 2020 will take place in 4 major cities of Thailand from January 8 - 26. Many teams are rushing to make final preparations for this important tournament. However, UAE U23 is not one of them.

The team from West Asia is having a lot of obstacles in preparing for the upcoming tournament. More surprisingly, the reason came from the internal affairs of the United Arab Emirates Football Association.

Reportedly, in the UAE league, the participating clubs did not agree with the tournament's proposal to postpone the 12th round which takes place on January 1st and 2nd. Furthermore, they also did not agree to release the players for the UAE U23 team for the reason that the AFC U23 Championship is not a tournament in the FIFA system.

This means that UAE U23 cannot have enough squad to practice on January 3rd. Thus, coach Maciej Skorza will have less than 7 days to prepare and assemble the squad before the first match against Vietnam U23 on January 10th. And yet, the late gathering will give UAE U23 very little time get used to the climate and playing conditions in Thailand.

UAE to face various obstacles ahead of the AFC U23 Championship

In addition, just ahead of the AFC U23 Championship 2020, the United Arab Emirates Football Association suddenly disbanded a series of committees in the federation, including the technical committee, which manages the UAE team. This will greatly affect the psychology of the players, as well as the coaching team in the upcoming tournament.

The goal of UAE U23 in AFC U23 Championship is to be in the top 3 strongest teams to win the official ticket to the Olympics Tokyo 2020. However, with the current situation, it is difficult for the West Asian team to achieve this goal.