UAE coach names 24-man squad ahead of Vietnam clash
UAE’s head coach Bert van Marwijk has unveiled the 24-man squad who will take part in the upcoming qualifier against Vietnam in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round for the World Cup 2022.
As scheduled, the UAE players will meet on November 8 to take part in a four-day training camp in Thailand ahead of their match against Vietnam which will be played at the My Dinh stadium in Hanoi on November 14.
According to reports in the UAE media, the visiting team are facing a number of difficulties after being losing to Thailand in their previous match. The tie is therefore a must-win game for the UAE if they are going to have any hope of progressing to the third qualifying round.
At present, the UAE are third in Group G with six points, behind Thailand and Vietnam.
Here is the official list of players called up by the UAE:
Goalkeepers: Ali Khasif, Khalid Eisa, Adel Al-Hosani
Defenders: Hamdan Al-Kamali, Khalifa Al Hammadi, Mohammed Al Attas, Yusuf Jabil, Al Hassan Saleh, Mohammed Ali Shaker, Salem Rashid, Walid Abbas.
Midfielders: Bandar Al-Ahbabi, Mohamed Barghash, Ali Salmeen, Tareq Ahmed, Habib Al Fardan, Abdalla Ramadan, Ismail Al Hammadi, Omar Abdulrahman
Forwards: Jassem Yaqoub, Ali Saleh, Zaid Al-Ameri, Khalifa Mubarak, Ahmed Khalil
Security tightened ahead of two upcoming World Cup qualifiers
The area surrounding the My Dinh National stadium has seen its security tightened ahead of two upcoming fixtures in the Asian zone’s second qualifying round for the World Cup 2022.
The matches include Vietnam’s tie against the UAE on November 14, followed by Vietnam taking on Thailand on November 19.
Information about the increased security was announced by the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on November 7 following a meeting where preparation work and measures to ensure the security of fans and those in attendance was discussed.
The VFF will co-operate with Hanoi police in order to ensure the security and safety of those in attendance before, during, and after the matches. Fans are being encouraged to arrive at the stadium early in a bid to reduce traffic congestion around the stadium. Those who choose to burn flares or firecrackers at the stadium will face harsh punishments.
There has also been an update sent to police forces in the capital city regarding the activities of away fans by the VFF, meaning that additional protection measures will be implemented if necessary.
The My Dinh National Sports Complex have also been asked by the VFF to suspend their business activities on the days of the two fixtures.
In addition, food and beverages sold during the games will be monitored by security forces and will have to meet hygiene and food safety standards. VOV
Tickets for the upcoming match between the UAE and Vietnam in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Asian second qualifying round are on sale online at exorbitant prices.