Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Transfer Roundup: Ihbeisheh, Shaban blaze new trails for Palestinian players

Ihbeisheh (c) becomes the first Palestine NT player to play in the Qatari league 
As we make our way through the month of July; transfers involving Palestinian national team players are quickly accumulating.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Palestine captain Bahdari joins Tala'ea El-Geish

Bahdari will join his fourth club in as many years
After a glut of rumors, Abdelatif Bahdari has found himself a new home. The 32 year old centre back will join Egyptian Premier League side Tala'ea El-Geish on a one year deal it was announced yesterday.

Financial details of the contract were not disclosed but it had been rumored that one of Bahdari's former clubs- Wehdat had tabled a $50,000/year offer which fell well short of the player's demands (rumored to be closer to the $80,000/year he was on with Shabab Al-Khalil).

Bahdari will join former Palestine captain Ramzi Saleh in the Egyptian league. Former Palestinian players to play in the league include Mohammed Samara (teammate to both Mohammed Salah and Mohammed Al-Neny at Arab Contractors), Eyad Abou El-Khair, & the Al-Ahly goalkeeping legend from the 1960s Marwan Kanafani.

Tala'ea El-Geish currently lie in 12th place in the Egyptian league withe one match day remaining.  

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Palestinians Abroad: Yashir Pinto, Jonathan Cantillana secure Malaysian moves

Yashir Pinto Islame puts pen to paper with Melaka United
Malaysia's second tier (the Premier League) is fast becoming a destination of choice for many of Palestine's top attackers. Earlier this year, Matías Jadue swapped the Chilean third tier for PKNS FC and a glut of goals saw his side make a run to the Malaysian FA Cup final where they lost to defending champions JDT. 

Now, Jadue will be joined by two of his countrymen who will also try and fight for promotion to the top tier- the Malaysian Super League. 

More after the jump...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Palestine to train in Algeria ahead of Tajikistan friendlies

As per various news outlets, Palestine's national football team is set to train in Algeria in August. Abdel Nasser Barakat's side will scrimmage against various club sides in order to further build preparedness ahead of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying in March.

Palestine will participate in its first matches since 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in September with a friendly against Tajikistan. The location of the September 6th friendly has yet to be announced.

Palestine has booked a date with the same opposition in the following FIFA window as well. That encounter will take place in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on October 2nd.

Palestine and Tajikistan have never met at senior level. The Olympic sides met at the Asian Games in Incheon two years ago. An encounter best remembered for this scintillating strike from Hilal Mousa:

AFC accepts Oryxes' appeal, rejects Ahli

A decision by the Asian Football Confederation  Appeal Committee  has reversed the result of the Al Wahda (SYR) vs Al Dhahria (PLE) AFC Cup match, which was scheduled to be played on March 9, 2016.
The Committee decided that Al Wahda, not Al Dharia, was the party having caused the cancellation of the match. This means that the final score of the match is Al Wahda 0, Al Dharia 3.
A large contingent of Palestinian players were denied entry into Lebanon after it was discovered they also held Israeli citizenship. This despite the fact that many of the same players had entered Lebanon in August when the national team played Lebanon to a scoreless draw in Sidon. 
The match means that Palestine effectively finished second place in the group. Al-Wahda were 4-0 losers to Al-Ahed (LIB) in the Round of 16. No announcement was made as to a replay of that fixture with Al Dharia in their place. 
The AFC Disciplinary Committee had previously ordered the match to be forfeited in favor of Al Wahda.
The return fixture slated to be played in Palestine was awarded to Al-Wahda by a 3-0 administrative scoreline.
Meanwhile, the AFC rejected Ahli Al-Khaleel's appeal effectively continuing the policy of accommodating teams who choose not to play in Palestine. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

AFC controversially awards Al-Wahda 3-0 win over Al-Dhahrieh

The Asian Football Confederation has chosen to award the Matchday 2 encounter between Syria's Al-Wahda and Shabab Al-Dhahrieh to Al-Wahda.

The encounter was due to take place in Sidon, Lebanon on March 9th with Syria rendered too unsafe to host international matches. Eight Shabab Al-Dhahrieh players were held at the airport and later deported for having Israeli passports. The unfortunate incident left the squad short of the requisite 11 players needed to contest a football match and as a result no match was played.

 In the aftermath of the incident the AFC issued no communication and elected to declare the match 'postponed' on its official website.

Football's governing body in the continent changed its tune today issuing the following statement:

The Committee found that Al Dharia (PLE) was the relevant party that caused the cancellation of the match in accordance with Article 17.3 of the Competition Regulations. The Committee ordered that Al Dharia (PLE) forfeit the match by a score of 3-0 and pay a fine of USD20,000.

Barring an appeal from the Hebron-based club the decision leaves them out of the running for the knockout stage of the AFC Cup. It also remains to be seen whether the club, which is seriously strapped for cash, can afford to pay the fine levied by the AFC.

The decision seems to run counter to one taken just last week, whereby Iraq was ordered to change its choice of neutral ground, due to the fact that Saudi citizens were currently banned from traveling to Iran:

Please be reminded that FIFA and AFC jointly emphasize on the nominated neutral venues be free from existing travel restrictions from both the Host Association and all Visiting Associations.

Curiously enough, there was no decision taken on the Ahli Al-Khaleel-Al-Jeish match which was slated to take place on the same day but postponed due to the Syrian side refusing to travel to Palestine. 

Recap: Air Force Club 4:1 Shabab Al-Dhahrieh (AFC Cup 2016)


Doha: Air Force Club from Iraq confirmed their place in the Round of 16 of the 2016 AFC Cup on Wednesday with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Palestine’s Al Dharia in Group C.
Hammadi Ahmed scored twice and there were further goals from Hussein Ali Wahid and Bashar Resan as Air Force picked up their fourth win in five games to move six points clear of second-placed Al Wahda. Ahmed Thiab claimed a late consolation for Al Dharia.
Al Wahda are in second on six points having played one game fewer than Air Force while Al Dharia remain in third, two points further back. Al Oruba of Oman are bottom of the standings, also with four points but having played five times.
Highlights and more after the jump....