Dubai/ Saturday, May 13th, 2017: UAE U-19 National Team won its friendly match held Friday evening versus Japan 2 – 1. The match was played at Diyab Awana Pitch within the context of the White’s preparations for AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers scheduled next October.
Tahnon Al Zaabi and Saif Saeed scored the two goals of the White at minutes 27 and 51 respectively, while Kozaki scored the only goal of Japan at the seventh minute.
The match was witnessed by Khalifa Al Ghafli, UAE FA Board Member; Obaid Al Shamsi, UAE FA Technical Director and Rashid Amer, Head of Training Centers.
The first half witnessed the domination of Japan which was faced with the compacted defense of the White; however a tiny mistake in UAE defense line paved the way for Japan to score its first goal at minute 7. Tahnon was succeeded to equalize the score from a fantastic shot at minute 29 and end the first half in a positive draw 1 – 1.
The second half began with attacking pressure from the White till Saif Saeed led a promising attack resulting in the second goal for the White at minute 69, after which japan had made many attempts but without success. The final score was 2 – 1 in favor of the White.
The Team Manager, Salem Al Yaqoobi praised the standard of the team versus a very strong opponent like japan, one of the finalist in FIFA U-20 World Cup.
He added “we still have four months ahead of Asian Qualifiers and it will be a good period for further preparation camps and friendly games until we reach peak technical and physical standard”