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Oman set to compete in West Asian U23 tourney

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MUSCAT: The West Asian Football Federation has received final confirmation from eight teams for the fourth West Asian Under-23 Championship to be held in Iraq from June 12-20 during the Fifa international break. The confirmed participating teams include host country Iraq, Oman, the UAE, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain have apologised for various reasons and will not participate. The Saudi and Qatar teams will instead compete in the Maurice Revillo Championship (formerly known as Toulon) held from June 5-18 in southern France, while Bahrain will participate in the' Panda Cup' in China alongside China, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, during the same period.

The tournament will feature two groups of four teams, with each team qualifying for the golden square. Each team will play at least three matches during the tournament. The West Asian Federation has held a series of coordination meetings with the Iraqi Federation to discuss the

administrative, logistical, marketing, and media details of the tournament. The local organising committee of the Iraqi Federation has been named for the championship.

The West Asian Federation will conduct an inspection visit to the host cities after identifying them to ensure their readiness. The last edition of the West Asian Championship was held in Jeddah in November 2022, where Oman U23 national team played four matches, outperforming

Lebanon and losing to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Syria. Hosts Saudi Arabia won the title.

In the Qatar International Friendly Championship held last March, Oman played three matches in Doha, losing 3-0 to South Korea and 1-0 to Iraq and defeating Kyrgyzstan 2-0.

The list of players chosen by coach Akram Habrish includes Maytham al Ajmi, Asaad al Balushi, Al Faraj al Kiyumi, Ayman al Nabhani, Mutia al Saadi, Nasser al Rawahi, Abdullah al Flaiti, Salim al Abdulsalam, Abdulmajid al Balushi, Khalid al Ghatrifi, brothers Abdulhafeez and Abdullah al Mukhaini, Omar al Salti , Yousef al Ghailani, Ahed al Mashaikhi, Mazin bin Saleh, Mulham al Sunaidy, Nibras al Maashri, Saeed al Salami, Mohammad al Hinai, Mohammad bin Abdulhakim al Hatmi and Mohammed bin Makhlouf.

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