UAE’s Starting XI Revealed for World Cup Qualifier vs Yemen

UAE vs Yemen: Lineup and Match Preview

Asian football fans were eager to know the UAE’s lineup as they faced Yemen in the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup and the 2027 Asian Cup. Paulo Bento, the UAE’s coach, emphasized their goal of securing victory and earning three crucial points in the match held at Al Nahyan Stadium.

Despite the formidable challenge posed by the Yemeni national team, which already had three points, Bento remained optimistic about his team’s chances. The absence of Ali Mabkhout from the squad was explained as his current level not meeting the required technical and physical standards, with no guarantees for his future participation.

The impact of Al Ain Club’s success in the AFC Champions League on the UAE national team’s performance was downplayed by Bento, who stressed the importance of collective improvement and enhancing the skills of young players. The selection of national team players is based on continuous monitoring of league matches to ensure their readiness at every stage.

Emirati player Badr Nasser expressed the team’s determination to secure the ninth point in the qualifiers, highlighting their preparation for the match against Yemen. As for the Yemeni national team, coach Noureddine Ould Ali emphasized their strategic approach to scoring against the UAE, focusing on analyzing their opponent’s weaknesses for a successful outcome in Abu Dhabi.

Yemen’s player, Abdul Wasaa Al-Matari, shared his optimism for a positive result, citing the challenges faced due to the absence of a regular league in Yemen. Despite the difficulties, he remained hopeful for the team’s progress and qualification chances in the tournament with improved physical and tactical efforts.

The UAE’s lineup against Yemen featured key players in their quest for victory, while Yemen’s lineup included notable names like Aboudi Al-Saadi and Abdel-Wasi Al-Matari. The UAE led the group standings with six points, with Yemen in third place with three points, setting the stage for an intense match between the two teams.

Meghnad Iyer

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