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The UAE’s head coach is criticized because of believing in young players

The UAE’s head coach is criticized because of believing in young players

The recent selection of too many youngsters in UAE’s squad has put Bert van Marwijk’s competency in doubt.

Before the match against Vietnam in the World Cup qualification round, Bert van Marwijk is criticized mercilessly by other managers in UAE. They believe the poor performance of the UAE recently is caused by the fact that the Netherlands coach used too many young players into the squad. The proof is 3 of 6 defenders called up this time are under 23 years old, while 3 of 4 strikers have never played at the national team level.

"The dignity of our national football team is in danger", Hassan Bolu, the former manager of Al-Wasl club censured.

The UAE Football Association needs to discuss with the National Olympic Committee and head coach Van Marwijk to express a view on the benefit of the Olympic team and the national team, regardless the Olympic team is preparing to advance to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying", he added.

Next match, Van Marwijk will not have the service of three important players Ali Mabkhout, Ibrahim Khalil and Ahmed Barman because of suspension and injuries. These are huge losses for West Asia representatives in the context that they have to win if they do not want to be left behind in the race.

On November 10, the UAE team arrived in Bangkok, Thailand. Van Marwijk's side is expected to have 2 days of training here before coming to Hanoi with a private plane on November 12 to prepare for the clash against Vietnam.

"There will be no place for Bert van Marwijk to stay, especially after we were defeated by Thailand last month. Although our supporters are expecting a positive result in the next match, it is too hard to become true. Van Marwijk can aim to build a team in the future, though what we want is always to advance to the final qualification round".

Agreeing with Bolu, former UAE U23's player Abdul Majeed believes that Van Marwijk should use veterans such as Omar Abdulrahman, Tareq Ahmed hay Ismail Al Hammadi. The proof is young players namely Ali Saleh, Mohammed Al Attas, and Khalifa Al Hammadi did not play well against Thailand. They regularly forgot to mark Thai players, which caused 2 conceded goals.