UAE name squad for World Cup qualifiers

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Japan v UAE: Quarter Final - 2015 Asian Cup

The head coach Mahdi Ali has named a 24-man squad ahead of the Whites’ games against East Timor and Malaysia in the 2018 Fifa World Cup/ 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The squad features the return of Al Shabab striker Dawood Ali, Al Ain defender Mohammed Faiz, Al Nasr midfielder Mahmoud Khamis and Al Wahda midfielder Amer Omer.

The Whites will gather on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, where they will take on Turkmenistan in a friendly on November 5 before they face East Timor at home on November 12. They will then head to Kuala Lumpur to play Malaysia on November 17.

Al Ahli players will reunited with the team on November 8 following their home clash against Guangzhou on November 7 in the two-legged Asian Champions League final. The UAE are currently second in Asian Zone Group A on seven points, five behind leaders Saudi Arabia, after two wins, a draw and a defeat.

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