Palestine national team head coach Abdel Nasser Barakat is wary of any threat the Maldives may pose, as the two team prepare to face off in Asian Cup qualifiers tomorrow night.
Palestine has faced Maldives two time previously, with Palestine winning the encounter in AFC Challenge Cup in 2012. It was a goalless draw as two teams played against each other in AFC Cup 2014."First game is always a very hard game. But hopefully we will win," said Nasser. "We know Maldives well but we will know for sure what they will do tomorrow. Past results wont count, this is a different game."
The Palestine team has seen numerous changes in their squad since their triumph in AFC Challenge Cup 2014, which was hosted by the Maldives. Palestine team has recruited several foreign based players.
Nasser said that only "five or six" players that was part of the team in AFC Challenge Cup 2014 are currently in the team. Nasser feels that their experience will be important for tomorrow's game.
"After we competed in Asian Cup (Australia 2015), we changed the team. We bring in young players and replace the old players. We want to build a team for the future. But still only around 5 players are professional players. Most players are local based players." Nasser said.
Nasser said that Palestine does not consider themselves as one of the favorites of the group and they will focus on "one match at a time".