Monday, April 21, 2014

Palestine 2:0 Al-Wakrah SC

Doha - The national team beat the Qatari club Al-Wakrah 2-0 this evening in the first of its preparatory friendlies ahead of the Challenge Cup.

Sameh Mar'aba opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with fellow national team newcomer Tamer Syam doubling the score in the second half (52'). Jamal Mahmoud used 15 players during the encounter in which the Fida'i gave balanced performance in defense and attack .

Full Report after the jump...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Palestine jets off to Doha training camp

Maher, Maraba, and More... Youth given a chance in preliminary Challenge Cup Squad. 

With a doubleheader of friendlies against Pakistan cancelled earlier this month, Al-Fidai will turn their attention to a 12-day preparatory camp with the aim of building fitness levels and increasing cohesion.

With the WBPL season ending two weeks ago a larger group of thirty players trained daily under the auspices of the national team staff. Two scrimmages against the Olympic team were used to formulate the final squad and newcomers Hilal Musa and Sameh Mar'aba's goals were enough to prolong their tryout with the national team. Other fresh faces come in the form of defenders Mahmoud Dayfallah, Abdullah Jaber, and attacking midfielder Tamer Syam.

Also joining the side will be two foreign-based players: Mohammed Qasim (Al-Ittihad/Libya) and Ibrahim Swidan (Tripoli/Lebanon) who were also part of the 2014 WAFF Championship side.

The PFA did not announce a full itinerary but it is expected that the National Team will continue onwards to Sri Lanka for the second phase of preparations after the culmination of this training camp.

Full Squad List after the jump: 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Challenge Accepted

Palestine's Challenge Cup preparations (which left much to be desired to begin with) hit a stumbling block as the planned training camp in Pakistan was cancelled due to "factors beyond the control" of the Pakistani FA.

Instead Jamal Mahmoud and the local selection he has called to the Faisal Husseini will go to Qatar for a camp from 13-23 April.

The winner of the CC will face a tough group in Australia: Japan, Iraq and Jordan. It's just around the corner folks.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Challenge Cup preparations begin to take shape

Preliminary Team Meeting

Jamal Mahmoud has outlined the framework of the schedule Palestine will follow ahead of the 2014 Challenge Cup in may. Upon the completion of the 2013/14 WBPL Season the team will head to Pakistan to play two friendlies there on April 14th and 16th.

After that, the team will return to Palestine in order to allow player to rejoin their teams ahead of the 2013/14 Palestine Cup Final.

The national team is expected to then hold a training camp in the Gulf before heading out to Sri Lanka to face their respective national team in two encounters. The FA has planned to then fly directly to the Maldives a week before the tournament is due to kick off.

Preliminary Squad list after the jump...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Preview: Shabab Al-Dhahrieh vs. FK Alay Osh (Kyrgyzstan) - AFC Cup Qualifier

What: AFC Cup Qualifier
Where: Dora (Al-Khaleel/Hebron), Palestine
When: February 2nd
TV: beIN Sports 8

Last year's WBPL champions Shabab Al-Dhahrieh host Kyrgyz counterpart FK Alay Osh in an AFC Cup qualifier Sunday. The winner of the match will be the first of their country to participate in the AFC Cup - which is the second tier of continental club competition in Asia. Palestinian and Kyrgyz sides had previously been limited to the AFC President's Cup which, like the Challenge Cup, was created for emerging member associations. The qualification opportunity represents a sort of graduation for both football associations as the AFC moves towards restructuring its competitions.