Recently-appointed coach Nabil Maaloul will take a mostly domestic-based squad of Kuwaiti players to the Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation announced on Wednesday.
The former Tunisia midfielder took over in December following the country’s Gulf Cup of Nations exit in an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Oman.
His squad includes defenders Ali Hussain Fadhel, who plays for the UAE’s Al Wahda, and Mesaed Alenzi, who plies his trade in Saudi Arabia for Al Orouba.
Nine players hail from AFC Cup winners and defending Kuwaiti Premier League champions Qadsia SC.
Kuwait arguably face the toughest group in the tournament as they have been drawn with hosts Australia, 2011 semifinalists South Korea, and Oman. They will open proceedings with the Socceroos on January 9 in Melbourne.
Kuwait’s squad for the Asian Cup 2015
Khaled Al Rashidi (Salmia SC)
Nawaf Al Khaldi (Qadsia SC)
Hameed Youssef (Arabi SC)
Amer Almatoug Alfadhel (Qadsia SC)
Fahad Awad Shaheen (Kuwait SC)
Ali Hussain Fadhel (Al Wahda / UAE)
Talal Alfadhel (Kazma SC)
Sultan Alenezi (Qadsia SC)
Mesaed Alenzi (Al Orouba / Saudi Arabia)
Ali Almaqseed (Arabi SC)
Fahad Alhajeri (Salmia SC)
Khaled Alqahtani (Qadsia SC)
Saleh Sheikh Alhendi (Qadsia SC)
Abdullah Al Buraiki (Kuwait SC)
Abdulaziz Alenezi (Qadsia SC)
Fahed Al Ebrahim (Qadsia SC)
Talal Al Amer (Qadsia SC)
Faisal Zayed Alharbi (Jahra SC)
Khaled Ebrahim Hajiah (Qadsia SC)
Yousef Naser Alsulaiman (Kazma SC)
Faisal Alenezi (Salmia SC)
Bader Al Almotawaa (Qadsia SC)
Abdulrahman Alshammari (Naser SC)