After knocking Nepal out of the competition, can Maldives win another one which will guarantee progression for Ali Ashfaq and his men...
Akram, Umair, Rilwan,Shifan;
Arif, Fazeel, Adhuham, Shaafee;
Abu Jazar, Abusalah, Mahdi, Harbi;
Said, Yusuf Mohammed, Ashraf Nu'man, Wadi;
After going down in the competition opener against Turkmenistan, the Red Snappers have bounced back in style ousting the hosts, Nepal.
Ahmed Thariq will be back for Maldives after serving the suspension. This means the promising duo of Ali Ashfaq with Ahmed Thariq will line-up upfront.Palestine after starting off with a win against Nepal in the opener, have played out a goal less draw against Turkmenistan. They are currently second in Group A, behind Turkmenistan on goal difference, being tied on four points each.
Palestine are still without a number of key players, including Raed Fares, Rafat Eyad, Omar Jarun, Ismail Amour, Ahmed Keshkesh and Murad Alyan with a cumulatoin of reasons such as injuries (Fares, Amour and Eyad) failures to get work permit (Jarum), dissaproval from the coach (Keshkesh and Alyan). But the team should get some respite with the return of Abdallatif Al Bahdari and Ahmed Harbi in defence.
The match will be an interesting encounter as both sides are in with a shout for progress. A win for either of the team will surely put them through. A draw will mean that Palestine qualify. While Palestine may progress even after losing this match (if Nepal thrash Turkemenistan with a heavy scoreline), its a must win encounter for Maldives if they want to progress
|| DID YOU KNOW?
- The match against Turkmenistan on March 8, 2012, opened Maldives' Challenge Cup record with a 3-1 defeat.
- Hasan Adhuham of Maldives scored in his first international match, which was against Nepal.
- Maldives captain and star striker Ali Ashfaq is also the all time top scorer for his country with 23 goals to his name.
- Palestine's best Challenge Cup showing was when they reached the quarterfinals in 2006.
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