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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Palestine Men's National Soccer Team News


June 16, 2015 - Sameh Maraaba & Tamer Seyameach score braces in win over Malaysia
"Palestine scored three goals in either half as they whipped Malaysia 6-0 in their second 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifying match at Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday. Sameh Maraaba (22’, 75’) and Tamer Seyam (41’, 89’) scored a double apiece with Musab Battat opening the scoring after nine minutes while substitute Khader Abuhammad also got on the score-sheet on 63 minutes." - AFC

January 6, 2015 - Hbaisha, Nu’man, Abujazar & Salem score in win over Johor Darul Ta’zim
"Palestine downed Malaysian club side Johor Darul Ta’zim 4-1 in a friendly on Monday as they finalised preparations for their inaugural AFC Asian Cup appearance. The Palestinians were up 1-0 by half time, but went on to score three more goals after the interval to dismantle Johor, who are contenders in the AFC Champions League 2015 play-off. Jaka Hbaisha, Ashraf Nu’man, Mousa Abujazar and Khaled Salem were all on target for the West Asian national side with Bojan Hodak’s men pulling one back thanks to an own goal." - AFC

December 25, 2014 - Asian Cup roster named
"Palestine's initial roster of 27 was trimmed down to 23 players with the exclusion of Adham Abu Rwais, Ramzi Barakat, Matías Jadue, and Daniel Kabir Mustafá. The exclusion of the later two comes as a surprise with Jadue missing out due to issues with his nationality switch. Multiple sources had Daniel Kabir Mustafá joining up with the squad in Australia but he has also been left out of the squad.... Out of the 23 players, six ply their trade abroad (in Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia & Sweden). Although most starters are expected to be drawn from the group of players retained after the failed 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign; there are signs that the staff has purposefully included young players in the team. Nine members of the squad are under the age of 25. Three players (Mahmoud Eid, Abed Jaber, and Mus'ab Al-Battat) are born in 1993 and are still eligible to turn out for the Olympic team alongside the squad's youngest player- third choice goalkeeper Rami Hamadeh (20). " - Football Palestine

October 12, 2014 -
Murad Ismail & Abdullah Jabbar score in win over Pakistan

"Pakistan lost 2-0 to Palestine in their friendly match at the Punjab Stadium in Lahore on Sunday in what was the first international football match hosted by the country in over three years. However, despite the loss, the hosts feel they have gained a lot from the fixture. The scoreline flattered the visitors, who were unable to break down a resolute Pakistani side until the 90th minute, when Murad Ismail headed home to break Pakistani hearts. Abdullah Jabbar doubled the Palestinian’s lead two minutes later in front of a large turnout to kill off the game." - Shararti Awam

October 6, 2014 - Nu'man, Wridat & Abuhammad score in win over India
"Separated by 56 places in the Fifa rankings, India looked like they would give coach Wim Koevermans a fitting farewell before Palestine came back to win 3-2.... The hosts started looking sharper in attack only after Chhetri switched from right to a more central role but that was after Palestine had taken the lead in the eighth minute through Ashraf Nu'man. But India failed to keep the momentum in the second half, conceding the midfield to Palestine and that was where the match was won and lost. The equaliser came when Wridat put a quick finishing touch to Nu'man's square pass after uncorking India's defence. Then, Khader Abuhammad's long grounder took a deflection off central defender Arnab Mondal's outstretched leg." - Hindustan Times

September 6, 2014 - late kicks secure win over Taiwan
"Palestine finally played like a team bound for the continent’s biggest tournament in extra time as it overwhelmed Chinese-Taipei, 7-3, last night to take third place in the Philippine Peace Cup at Rizal Memorial Stadium. Missing key players, the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers averted a disastrous finish as they poured home four goals in the extension period to register their maiden victory in the four-nation tournament.... Ahmed Wridat scored four goals, including three in extra time to finish with five goals for the tournament. The Palestinians took a 2-0 lead after eight minutes with Javier Mereles and Wridat finding the back of the net. But the Taiwanese, who bowed to the Philippines, 1-5, last Wednesday, came charging back through a Wu Pai-ho penalty and a Yen Ho-shen goal in the second half. Lin Chang-lun earned the penalty that gave the Taiwanese a lifeline in a match that was expected to be dominated by the Palestinians. With extra time looming, Lin Chang-Lun gave Chinese Taipei a 3-2 lead just before stoppage time. But the Palestinians had just enough time for the equalizer with Abdulhamid Abuhabib equalizing two minutes into stoppage time. It was all Palestine from there as Wridat struck just five minutes in, before Abdallatif Albahdari made it 5-3. Wridat scored two more goals, underlining the dominance of coach Jamal Mahmoud’s side." - Inquirer

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