Asian Cup newcomers Palestine announce 23-man squad

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on Thursday announced their 23-man squad to participate in their first ever AFC tournament next month.

Cutting four players from the original 27-man provisional list, coach Ahmed Al Hassan has left Daniel Mustafa, Adham Abu Ruwais, Ramzi Barakat and the uncapped Chilean Matias Jadue off the team’s plane to Australia.

Egyptian-born Palestine veteran Ramzi Saleh will likely retain his post as the country’s captain and their most experienced player with 107 international caps, while 20-year-old goalkeeper Rami Hamadeh remains in the squad in hopes of earning his international debut. Palestine star striker Ashraf Nu’man has been given the chance to break Palestine’s all-time goalscorer record in this tournament, currently sitting one behind Fahed Attal on 13 goals.

Youngsters Mus’ab Al-Battat and Mahmoud Eid continue their international careers, with Abdullah Jaber also being recalled after missing out on caps against Uzbekistan and China PR earlier this month.

The AFC National Team of the Year will open their Asian Cup campaign on January 12 against defending champions Japan in Newcastle.

Palestine’s 23-man squad

Ramzi Saleh (Misr el-Makasa Faiyum/Egypt)
Toufic Ali (Tarji Wadi Al-Nes)
Rami Hamadeh (Thaqafi Tulkarem)

Mousa Abujazr (Khader FC)
Mus’ab Al-Battat (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh)
Abdelatif Bahdari (Al-Wehdat SC/Jordan)
Haitham Deeb (Jabal Al-Mukaber)
Raed Fares (Hilal Al-Quds)
Ahmed Harbi (Al-Am’ary)
Alexis Norambuena (GKS Belchatow/Poland)
Abdullah Jaber (Hilal Al-Quds)
Tamer Salah (Hilal Al-Quds)

Hussam Abu Saleh (Hilal Al-Quds)
Ismail Al-Amour (Hilal Al-Quds)
Jaka Ihbeisheh (NK Krka/Slovenia)
Murad Ismmail (Hilal Al-Quds)
Hesham Salhe (Hilal Al-Quds)
Khader Yousef (Tarji Wadi Al-Nes)

Abdelhmid Abuhabib (Balata)
Mahmoud Eid (Nykopings BIS/Sweden)
Ahmed Maher (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh)
Ashraf Nu’man (Al-Faisaly/Saudi Arabia)
Khaled Salem (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh)