The first match of the Palestinian national team for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers will be held next Thursday, November 16th. Followed by the team led by Makram Daboub will face Australia in Kuwait on November 21st.
“Players in a difficult psychological state”
Three of the players Daboub wanted to field were unable to make it to training camp in Jordan because of the conflict. “They’re fine for now,” he reported. “Many of their relatives died, however, due to the bombings.” “With the death and destruction in Gaza – added the coach -, the players are in a difficult psychological state.”
“The Palestinian people want to be seen and heard”
However, there is no question that the national team’s participation in the qualifiers will cease. “This is a people who want to be heard and seen by the rest of the world, they want to live normally like everyone else, which is why people care a lot about their national team,” said Susan Shalabi, vice president of the Palestine Football Association. “It represents their desire to be recognized as a free and sovereign nation.”
The 2023 Asian Cup will also begin in January, with Palestine facing the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Hong Kong in Qatar.