The Yemen national team hopes to achieve its first victory in the history of its participation in the Gulf Cup tournaments, when it meets its Saudi counterpart at 22:45 UAE time in the first round of the first group matches at Basra International Stadium, as Al-Akhdar plays the tournament with a team from the second row, After the participation of the first team in the 2022 World Cup.
Yemen is competing in the tournament with the aim of breaking a negative record during the team’s last nine participations in the tournament, especially as it is the only team among the eight participating teams in the Gulf Cup that has not achieved the title before, rather it has not achieved any victory in nine participations.
The team is betting that the Saudi national team will play with a second-row team, while the 57-year-old Czech coach Sokob, who previously led the national team between 2014 and 2016, will be one of the strengths that support the team’s chances because of his great experience.
Although Yemen is ranked 154 in the world, but at the same time the team is entering the championship without pressure, especially since it is not among the candidates to win the title, and its main goal will be to present strong levels in the first group that includes Iraq, the host, Saudi Arabia, and Oman, the champion twice.
On the other hand, the Saudi Football Association hopes to create a new generation of distinguished players to support the first team, as coach Saad Al-Shehri is one of the most prominent coaches in Saudi Arabia at the present time, especially with the national teams, after he became the only coach in the history of the Asian Cup (U-23). , who reached the tournament finals twice in a row.
Al-Shehri achieved many achievements with the teams of the Sunni stages, as he led the Olympic “Al-Akhdar” to reach the Tokyo Olympics 2020, before winning the AFC U-23 Cup for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia last year. The difficulty of the match lies with Al-Akhdar, who is participating in the tournament in the second row, especially in light of the establishment of the Saudi League competitions, and the international players left to participate in their clubs after they participated in the World Cup competitions that were held in Qatar recently, and that the team is competing for the first time in this tournament in front of more teams. Ready.
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