Muscat: The Syrian national team will arrive in Muscat today ahead of their 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier against Oman on February 6 at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher.
The 35-member team, led by Syrian Football Association President Salah Deen Ramadan, includes 23 players and coaching staff members.
The Syrian team also had an external camp in Egypt.
Oman coach Paul Le Guen received a huge psychological boost ahead of the team's match against Syria after Oman's 1–0 victory against China in an international friendly played on Wednesday.
Yaqoob Abdulkarim, whose last goal in an international match was against China in the FIFA Olympic Football Tournament Preliminary Round 2 in 2011, netted the ball again against China, in the 11th minute, as his goal separated the sides.
Frenchman Le Guen only had home-based players at his disposal for the friendly match, but he will be able to field three professional Omani players from abroad for the match against Syria on Wednesday. Jordan and Singapore are the other Group A opponents. According to a press release from the Oman Football Association, the Asian Football Confederation officials will be in town for a final inspection of the grounds and to complete other technical formalities ahead of the opening game.
Syrian team: Ahmad Aldouni, Ahmad Alsalih, Maher Al Said, Abdelfatah Alagha, Amro Jeniat, Hamdi Al Massri, Mohammed Zahir Al Medani, Hamid Mido, Ouday Abduljaffal, Samer Al Salem, Sanharib Malki, Mahmoud Yousef, Qussai Habib, Omro Al Midani, Omar Khrbin, Mouaiad Almawas, Hussein Al Jwayed, Mosab Balhous, Mahmoud Khadouj, Yaser Shushara, Ahmad Haj Muhmad, Taha Mousa, Ali Diab, Abdulrazak Al Husein, and Nadim Sabag. Coaching staff: Hussam Al Saed (head coach), Mohammed Makhlouf (assistant coach), Rafe Al Khalil (assistant coach), Salah Matar (goalkeeping coach), Mansour Al Shahhaf (therapist), Bashar Mohamad (media officer), and Ibrahim Aljarrah (technician).