|Surprise Call-up: Eid (c) will be looked for for goals.|
Abdelatif Bahdari, Ashraf Nu'man, and Ramzi Saleh will join WBPL-based players for an internal training camp. The squad will then travel to Saudi Arabia on November 2nd where they will meet up with the rest of the foreign contingent.
Palestine are set to face Saudi Arabia and Vietnam on November 6th and 9th, respectively. An additional friendly vs. Thailand was cancelled due to the PFA's refusal to travel to Thailand.
Three new players are set to debut with the national team all of whom play abroad. Mahmoud Eid and Imad Khalili are set to bolster Palestine's attack. While Laith Youssef will provide Al-Fida'i with an extra option at left back.
Khalili's debut has been anticipated ever since his loan stint at Al-Shabab in the the Saudi Pro League. Mahmoud Eid, on the other hand, came out of nowhere- the 21-year old currently suits up for Nyköping BIS in the Swedish third tier. His recent form has been excellent with three goals to his name in his last five games.
Laith Youssef should give Palestine more options defensively on the flanks and could push one of the more established full-backs out of the squad should he impress.
Daniel Kabir Mustafá was called-up for this series of friendlies but declined for uncited reasons. Other notable absences include Adham Abu Rwais and Hilal Musa. While Tamer Salah continues to be preferred over the likes of the more established Khaled Mahdi.
After a lengthy spell on the sidelines it has been confirmed that Imad Zatara will indeed miss the Asian Cup. Palestine's leading scorer Fahed Attal seems also destined to miss the tournament with his form at Shabab Al-Khaleel failing to convince the coaching staff.
Also on the injury front, Alexis Norambuena made his return to the pitch for GKS Belchatow this week and should get a run out. Javier Cohene, might be a late scratch having picked up an injury in training with his club side Borac Cacak.
Full Squad After the Jump...