- Fujairah wins gold for excellence in organization
Fujairah: Nizar Jaafar
The UAE Olympic team succeeded in qualifying for the AFC U-23 Cup finals, to be held in Uzbekistan in 2022, after topping the fifth group of qualifiers that took place in Fujairah, during which “Al-Abyad” managed to gain 6 points from three matches by winning over Oman and India and losing to India. Kyrgyzstan.
It is the fourth qualification in the Olympic white’s career after he had previously been present on three occasions in 2014 in Oman, 2016 in Qatar, and 2020 in Thailand, compared to his failure to qualify once in the 2018 finals in China.
Many positives appeared in the qualifiers, and negatives as well, most notably the lack of cooperation of some clubs by not allowing their players to play with the Olympic team, because the qualifiers are outside the days of FIFA; Therefore, this matter needs to be resolved so that it does not recur in the future, especially since clubs apply professionalism in one place and forget it in many other places.
The second thing that should be noted is that the national team, despite its qualification, did not present an ideal picture from a technical point of view, and this requires greater work from the technical staff in the finals in which “Al-Abyad” will face stronger teams and have more distinguished players, which was indicated by the Spanish coach. Denis Silva when he said: “We achieved the goal we seek, which is the qualification, which we consider important for the white players at this time, and the second, more difficult stage awaits us.”
Al-Abyad coach described the Oman match as a crossroads, and that the players’ determination to qualify was evident from the first seconds of the match, through an early goal that gave the team motivation and confidence, and it could have doubled before going to the second session, had it not been for the misfortune that stubborn us in more than one opportunity.
Silva thanked the Football Association and the National Teams Committee for their work in creating a suitable environment for the preparation of the Olympic Whites, especially that the Asian U-23 finals will include strong teams and that the challenges will be great, especially since the Olympic Whites need more work to achieve the desired results.
For his part, Marwan Fahd, the star of the UAE Olympic team and Khorfakkan Club, who scored the fastest goal in the qualifiers (8 seconds), attributed reaching the finals to the team spirit that accompanied the team throughout its preparation, thanking the fans who stood behind the team in the three matches.
He added: We succeeded in achieving the first step, and there remains an important stage ahead that requires great work and great effort, emphasizing that they are the next generation strongly in the skies of Emirati football.
For his part, Eid Khamis, the defender of our Olympic team and Al-Ahly youth, explained: We took the first step, and much work remains in the coming period.
Thank you Fujairah Club
Fujairah Group was praised by all teams and observers; The work in Group E was smooth and highly organized since the opening day, and Fujairah Stadium wore its best suit.
Nasser Al Yamahi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fujairah Club, congratulated the leadership and people of the Emirates, the Football Association and the players of the Olympic team.
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