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Faisaly, Salt gear up for AFC Cup start on Friday

Faisaly players celebrate a goal against Maan during a Jordanian Pro League Match. (Photo: Jordan News/Amjad Al-Tawil)
Faisaly players celebrate a goal against Maan during a Jordanian Pro League Match. (Photo: Jordan News/Amjad Al-Tawil)
AMMAN — Al-Salt and Al-Faisaly have been pushing forward with preparations ahead of the AFC Cup, to be hosted in Amman between May 21 and May 27.  اضافة اعلان

Winning teams from across the three groups, as well as the best runner up, will qualify to the quarter finals, before the remaining two teams face off in the Asian tournament’s West-region finals. 

Al-Salt will begin their journey in Group B against Bahrain’s Al-Muharraq at 4pm on Friday, ahead of a second match against Lebanon’s Al-Ansar on May 24 at 8:05pm, and a final faceoff against the Palestinian Markaz Balata, on May 27 at 8:05pm. All matches will be played at the King Abdullah II Stadium in Qweismah. 

In remarks to Jordan News, Salt Club President Khaled Arabiyat told Jordan News: “The team will leave its mark on the tournament and achieve impressive results, especially since our fans have been waiting for this appearance with full confidence that the players and technical staff…can demonstrate the true level of their performance...”

Meanwhile, Faisaly — playing in Group C — will begin their AFC Cup march against the Palestinian Shabab Al-Am’ari at 8:05pm on May 21, followed by matches against Syria’s Teshrin and Kuwait SC on May 24 (8:05pm) and May 27 (4pm) respectively. All three matches will take place at the Amman International Stadium.

Speaking to Jordan News, Faisaly’s technical manager, Hussam Al-Sayed, said: “Faisaly is a major team with vast competitive experience, and will only enter the tournament to win.” 

He added: “Faisaly has bagged the title twice already, in 2005 and 2006, and I hope that they score their third win in this edition of the cup, especially since the team’s morale is high and has prepared well for the Asian event throughout the Jordan Pro League.”

“Over the course of the (Jordanian) league’s matches I have tried to engage as many players as possible in physical and technical preparation ahead of the tournament, especially since we will be playing three matches within a single week. Such an effort will require high levels of technical, physical and tactical preparation because the injury of one player could impact the team’s entire run,” Sayed said.

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