Thursday, February 18, 2016

Rapid Reaction: Algeria U23 0:1 Palestine (Friendly)

Palestine XI (4-4-1-1): Toufic Ali; Battat, Salah, Bahdari(C), Jaber; Seyam, Tamburrini, Darwish, M. Mar'aba; S Mar'aba, Abu Nahyeh

Algeria XI (4-3-3): Salhi; Benguit, Kenniche, Abdellaoui, Ferhani; Chita, Benkhamassa, Draoui; Ferhat, Haddouche, Benkablia 


Palestine: M. Mar'aba <-> Cantillana 41' // S. Mar'aba <-> Mahamied 69' // Abu Nahyeh <-> Sablees 76' // Mahamied <-> Khader Yousef 84' // Seyam <-> Abuwarda 88' // Tamburrini <-> Yameen 90' 

Algeria: Benkhamassa <-> Helaimi 22' // Salhi <-> ChaĆ¢l 46' // Haddouche <-> Miziane 46' // Bakir// Ferhani <-> Cherifi 61' // Draoui <-> Bakir 89'  

Goals: Abu Nahyeh (PLE) 63' 

Highlights after the jump...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Preview: Palestine v. Algeria U23 (Unofficial Friendly)

Palestine prepare for the friendliest of friendlies
What: Unofficial Friendly
Where: 5 Julliet Stadium, Blida, Algeria
When: February 17th, 2016 
Kickoff: 1600 GMT 
Streams: Pal24 

Palestine has spent the past week in Algiers where they were warmly greeted by the hosts at the airport, the hotel, the training ground and pretty much anywhere else they went. Algeria's fervent support for the Palestinian cause has been on full display these past few days with hundreds even coming out to chant during the team's training sessions

More after the jump... 

Jawwal launches ad campaign in support of national team

Screenshot of Jawwal's latest ad

The largest telecom company in Palestine launched a fantastic ad campaign earlier this week featuring the likes of captain Abdelatif Bahdari, Fadi Salbees, Tamer Seyam, Mahmoud Dayfallah, Tamer Salah, Toufic Ali, Hesham Salhe, and Abdelatif Badari.

The national team star cameos in the commercial are complemented with vistas of Jerusalem's Old City and the Faisal Al-Husseini Memorial Stadium.

You can see the full ad after the jump...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Palestine squad to face Algeria Announced

The Palestinian national team has jet off to Algeria in advance of Wednesday's friendly against Les Verts' Olympic side. The match will serve as preparation for the team ahead of next month's crunch World Cup qualifier against UAE in Abu Dhabi. 

No radical changes were made to the side which only includes Palestine-based players. Ahmed Harbi who captained the side during Bahdari's suspension has once again been excluded. Abdelhamid Abuhabib has once again bowed out under mysterious circumstances and one would think his long term future with the national team could be under review. 

Four new players have entered the player pool with Abdel Nasser Barakat handing opportunities to Olympic team standouts Ahmed Zureyqi, Yousef Al-Ashhab, and Mohammed Mar'aba. Newly acquired Shabab Al-Khaleel right back Moamin Eghbarieh has also been called up. 

Full squad details after the jump... 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recap: Ahli Al-Khaleel 1-0 Khujand (2016 AFC Cup)

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Hebron: Palestine’s Ahli Al Khalil advanced to the group stage of the 2016 AFC Cup on Tuesday when a solitary goal from Mahmoud Wadi earned them victory over Khujand from Tajikistan in their playoff meeting.
Victory means Ahli Al Khalil will feature in Group D of this season’s continental championship, where they will face Bahrain’s Al Muharraq, Fanja from Oman and Syrian side Al Jaish, winners of the inaugural AFC Cup in 2004.
Wadi claimed the only goal of the game in the 21st minute, when he had the time and space to pick his spot after good work down the right from Khaldun Halman set him up to score from close range.
The goal was just reward for an Ahli Al Khalil side that had dominated proceedings in the opening quarter of the game and the Palestinian side continued in a similar vein in the second half but were unable to add to the score.
Despite their inability to add to their total, Ahli Al Khalil ensured they advanced to the next phase of the competition and they will kick off the group stage when they travel to Bahrain to face Al Muharraq on February 24.

Video Highlights after the jump...

Monday, February 8, 2016

Preview: Ahli Al-Khaleel v. Khujand (2016 AFC Cup)

Ahli Al-Khaleel stars Jonathan Cantillana (L) & Abdallah Jaber

What: 2016 AFC Cup qualifying Playoff
Where: Dora International Stadium, Hebron, Palestine  
When: February 9th, 2016
Kickoff: 1600 Local 

Ahli Al-Khaleel will attempt to double the amount of Palestinian teams in the AFC Cup (the Asian equivalent of the Europa League) tournament tomorrow when they take of Khujand of Tajikistan. Unlike most playoffs, this game is a one off with no return fixture. Hosting rights are given to the team determined to be the higher seed by the AFC organizing committee.

More after the jump...