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Burle picks squad for WAFF tourney



Muscat: Oman's Under-22 coach Philippe Burle announced the list of 23 players on Wednesday, who will take part in the West Asian Football Federations (WAFF) tournament, which will be played in Doha from December 25 to January 7.

Oman has been placed in Group B with Bahrain and Iraq in the tournament and will open their campaign against the former on December 25.

However, Burle was worried to have not included goalkeeper Muhannad Al Zaabi due to injury. Nader Awadh and Basim Habib are the two other players who will not take part in the tournament due to injuries. The West Asian tournament is considered as the final build-up before the inaugural AFC U-22 Championship, which is hosted by Oman in January. In the Asian tournament Oman is pooled with South Korea, Jordan and Myanmar.

Following are groupings and players picked by Burle for the Doha tournament:
Group A: Qatar,  Palestine and Saudi Arabia
Group B: Oman, Bahrain and Iraq
Group C: Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen
Goalkeepers: Mazen Kassbi and  Abdullah Maamari.
Defenders: Nathir Maskari, Moheeb Izzat, Mohammed Rawahi, Ahmed Nasser,  Ali Salem, Ali Nahar, Manea Moukhani, Bassel Rawahi and Muhannad Al Hassani.
Midfielders: Abdullah Noah, Badr Naseeb, Sami Mubarak, Hatem Khamis, Yassin Heeda, Ali Suleiman, Saud Farsi, Raed Saleh.
Strikers: Sami Hassani, Hamoud Saadi, Rashdi Rajab and Abdullah Saleh.

Fixtures:
December 25: Qatar vs Palestine (Group A); Oman vs Bahrain (Group B)
December 26: Kuwait vs Lebanon (Group C)
December 28: Palestine vs Saudi Arabia (Group A); Bahrain vs Iraq (Group B)
December 29: Jordan vs Lebanon (Group C)
December 31: Qatar vs Saudi Arabia (Group A); Iraq vs Oman (Group B)
January 1: Joran vs Kuwait (Group C)
January 4: Semifinals
January 7: final

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