Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum discusses boosting trade and investment partnerships    Crown Prince concludes MEGISummit: We will work seriously to achieve our goals    EXIM Bank signs MoU with Japanese Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation    Saudi Pavilion at EXPO 2020 marks 76th anniversary of UN establishment    Greece premier praises importance of Middle East Green Initiative Summit    Saudi Arabia calls for restraint, de-escalation in Sudan    Riyadh Season hosts Barcelona and Boca Juniors on Maradona Cup night    Monshaat partners with MITEF Saudi & Arab Startup Competition    HSBC CEO — 2021 set to be first trillion-dollar year for green bonds    Riyadh dominates GCC rankings in human capital    All eyes on Jeddah! World's best golfers set for climax of Aramco Team Series    Crown Prince launches series of regional initiatives for climate action at MEGI Summit Ushering in a new green era for Mideast region    WFP's Beasley lauds Saudi Arabia's role in providing aid to millions around the globe    RedSeaIFF announces best short films by emerging Saudi filmmakers 15 shorts make up New Saudi/New Cinema slate    Pakistan hammer India by 10 wickets to clinch T20 win    Michael Jordan's trainers sell for record $1.47m at auction    China postpones Beijing marathon due to Covid surge    US actor James Michael Tyler dies aged 59    Bride's fingerprint not required in revised e-marriage contract    'Easy On Me': Adele returns to UK number one    'Be a Star' — WWE stars fight cyberbullying in Riyadh    Bollywood superstar's son denied bail in drugs case    Saudis, expats mourn death of prominent Filipino preacher in Riyadh    Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



KSA continues Cup journey
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 26 - 03 - 2008

Saudi Arabia faces a task against Uzbekistan in the Asian qualifying match for the World Cup Finals in Tashkent Wednesday.
According to Saudi national team coach Brazilin Dos Anjos the Group D match at MHSK Stadium would not be easy for the two sides. Anjos, who led the Green Falcons to the 2007 Asian Cup final said that Uzbekistan's game has developed and the team has become one of the strong contenders in the region.
“I have been following Uzbeks for a long time and I know their players very well. They have a wonderful squad and our match will be not easy,” Anjos said Monday.
Saudi Arabia, which is gunning for a fifth straight appearance in world Cup Finals, is determined to secure the top spot in the group.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan may be eager to avenge last year's Asian Cup quarterfinal defeat against Saudi Arabia when Saudis scotches their hopes to reach semifinals with a 2-1 victory in Jakarta last July.
The two sides share top spot after Saudi Arabia won its first match in the group with a 2-0 decision over Singapore in Riyadh last month. Uzbeks also kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win over Lebanon in Beirut.
Although Uzbekistan has made waves in different Asian competitions for clubs and nations, the team has not beaten Saudi Arabia.
“I know they are looking for revenge and qualification ticket as well but we will not return home without a win,” Anjos said after the Saudi delegation arrived in Taskent Sunday.
Saudi team was forced to cancel the last minute friendly match against Albania last Friday after the Football Association of Albania was suspended by FIFA. Saudi struggled to get appointment with GCC teams too. Therefore Anjos was forced to cancel his plans and depended on a training camp in Dammam.
However, the general condition of the squad is very good and the players are raring to go.
International striker Malek Al-Hawsawi believes that the match will be an early final as the winner will jump to the top.
“The road will be difficult but as players, we like challenge and I am sure we will return home with three points,” Al-Hawsawi said.
Whatever be the result, both should progress as the remaining teams in the group Singapore and Lebanon failed in their first round matches.
Uzbekistan warmed-up for the match with a 4-1 friendly win over Jordan last Saturday. It will boost Uzbekistan's confidence.
Twenty Asian nations are still on the road to South Africa in 2010. The top two teams from each of the five four-team groups will progress to the final stage of continental qualification.
Rows over venues and anthems overshadow other qualifiers, when China host Australia and North and South Korea square off for a rare Cold War clash in Shanghai.
China's decision to play at altitude has irked Australia, while the two Koreas were forced onto neutral ground after the North said the South couldn't use their national flag or anthem in Pyongyang.
Heavyweights Japan travel to Bahrain and Asian champion Iraq is in Qatar in other highlights of the second set of matches.
Shanghai is the unlikely setting for the much-anticipated face-off between North and South Korea, only their third World Cup qualifier and the first since 1994.
World governing body FIFA ordered the venue change after communist North Korea, still officially at war with the South, refused to allow the South's flag or anthem in Pyongyang, suggesting a neutral flag and folk song instead.
New Iran coach Ali Daei will hope to turn around Team Melli's fortunes in his first competitive match, away to Kuwait.
Thailand faces Oman, Turkmenistan hosts Jordan, Singapore plays Lebanon and Syria is against the UAE in Wednesday's other fixtures. __


Clic here to read the story from its source.