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Al Dawsari, Al Shehri headline Mancini's Saudi Arabia squad for AFC Asian Cup 2023

Published at :January 4, 2024 at 12:57 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:26 AM
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Atawaris Warsi

Salem Al Dawsari stunned Argentina with a fabulous goal in FIFA World Cup 2022.

Italian coach Roberto Mancini has officially revealed the 26-man roster for the Saudi Arabian national football team, fondly known as the Green Falcons, as they gear up for the highly anticipated AFC Asian Cup 2023 in Qatar.

As the Green Falcons prepare for the Asian Cup, they are scheduled to play three friendly matches against Lebanon, Palestine, and Hong Kong. These matches serve as crucial opportunities for Mancini to fine-tune his lineup, assess player form, and address any lingering questions before the tournament kicks off.

Mancini’s tenure with the Saudi national team has been marked by a blend of youth development and strategic selection, reflecting his past commitment to forward-looking squads. The AFC Asian Cup campaign will put his coaching acumen to test, as the Green Falcons aim to navigate Group F, competing against Oman, Kyrgyz Republic and Thailand. Their journey begins on January 16 against Oman, followed by clashes with Kyrgyz Republic on January 21 and Thailand on January 25.

The final squad boasts a mix of seasoned veterans and promising young talents, with Mancini facing crucial decisions in key positions. With a squad that combines experience, talent, and youthful exuberance, Mancini’s Saudi Arabia enter the AFC Asian Cup with high hopes and the potential to make a significant impact on the continental stage. 

Saudi Arabia’s squad for AFC Asian Cup 2023

Goalkeepers: Nawaf Al Aqidi, Raghid Najjar, Ahmad Al Kassar

Defenders: Hassan Kadish, Aoun Al Salouli, Ali Al Bulaihi, Ali Lajami, Hassan Tambakti, Saud Abdulhamid, Fawaz Al Saqur

Midfielders/Forwards: Ayman Yahya, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Mukhtar Ali, Abdulelah Al Maliki, Faisal Al Ghamdi, Eid Al Muwallad, Salem Al Dawsari, Abbas Al Hassan, Nasser Al Dawsari, Mohammed Kanno, Sami Al Najei, Fahad Al Muwallad, Abdulrahman Ghareeb, Firas Al Buraikan, Abdullah Radif, and Saleh Al Shehri

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