Maldives departs to Dubai for final preparation
Maldives will have a short traning camp in Dubai ahead of the Qualifiers (Photo: FAM)

Maldives departs to Dubai for final preparation

MF News 22 May 2021 - 11:47

Male', MALDIVES - Maldives national team has departed to Dubai this morning for a short training camp in preparation of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers. Group A matches are scheduled to play from May 30 to June 15 in a centralized stadium.

Due to the restrictions of HPA, the coaching staffs are forced to host the training sessions in Hotel Jen's ball room.

"Probably the only team that prepares inside a ballroom for the WC/Asian Cup qualifiers. All the players and coaching staff are ready to train in any difficulty to try and bring glory to the nation. Special thanks to the hotel." President of FAM, Bassam Adeel Jaleel tweeted with a video of teams training in the hotels ball room.

According to Chinese media, CFA have applied for a chartered flight to bring Syria, Philippines, Maldives and the referees for the remaining matches of the FIFA World Cup qualifying (AFC) Group A from Dubai, where they are expected to gather for quarantine. Meanwhile Chinese national team has arrived in Suzhou and started their preparations.

National team coach Martin Koopman has finalized a 23 man squad for the qualifiers.
Final squad:
Goalkeepers: Mohamed Faisal (Valencia), Mohamed Shafeeu (Valencia), Ali Najih (United Victory), Hussain Shareef (Maziya)
Defenders: Samooh Ali (Maziya), Akram Abdul Ghanee (Valencia), Ali Shamal Abdulla (United Victory), Ali Shamis (TC Sports), Ahmed Numan (Eagles), Hussain Sifaau (Eagles), Haisham Hassan (Eagles), Mohamed Saaif (Green Streets)
Midfielders: Imran Nasheed (Eagles), Mohamed Irufan (Maziya), Ali Fasir (Valencia), Mohamed Naim (Eagles), Ibrahim Aisham (Maziya), Mohamed Umair (Maziya), Hussain Nihan (Maziya), Hamza Mohamed (Maziya)
Strikers: Ali Ashfaq (Valencia), Asadhulla Abdulla (Maziya), Ibrahim Mahudhee (Maziya), Ali Haisham (United Victory), Hassan Nazeem (Green Streets)
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