UAE Olympic football squad announced

Esmail Mattar

DUBAI, UAE   ●    Mahdi Ali, coach of the UAE’s national Olympic football team, announced his preliminary 24 man squad for London 2012 at the UAE FA headquarters in Al Khawaneej on Monday.

Among his selection were four senior players – over the age of 23 – three of whom, as per Olympic rules, can assist the juniors in their quest for medals. They were Al Wahda’s striker Esmail Matar, Al Jazira keeper Ali Khasaif, Al Jazira fullback Abdullah Moosa and Al Ahli winger Esmail Al Hammadi.

The final cut to 18 will be made nearer to the finals which take place in the UK from July 26 to August 11.

The UAE face Uruguay at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 26th, Great Britain at Wembley on July 29th and Senegal in Coventry on August 1. No captain has been announced as yet but the experienced Esmail Matar is widely tipped to take the armband.

1.  Ali Khusaif

2.  Abdullah Moosa

3.  Esmail Matar

4.  Esmail Al Hammadi

5.  Ahmad Mahmoud

6.  Saoud Saeed

7.  Rashid Eisa

8.  Khalid Eisa

9.  Khamis Esmail

10. Ali Mabkhout

11. Ali Al Amri

12. Habib Al Fardan

13. Saad Soroor

14. Abdulaziz Haikal

15. Ahmad Khalil

16. Mohammad Ahmad

17. Abdulaziz Sangoor

18. Omar Abdulrahman

19. Amer Abdulrahman

20. Mohammad Fouzi

21. Haboush Saleh

22. Ahmad Ali

23. Mohammad Jaber

24. Hamdan Al Kamali

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