Palestine out to show world what they can do at Asian Cup

This will be Palestine's second Asian Cup having made their debut in Australia four years ago. (AFP)
Updated 05 January 2019
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Palestine out to show world what they can do at Asian Cup

  • Noureddine Ould Ali's players face Syria in Group B opener on Sunday.
  • Opponents Syria hotly tipped to go far in the tournament.

LONDON: Palestine are ready to show the competition they mean business when they get their Asian Cup campaign started against Syria on Sunday.
The side head into only their second Asian Cup — their first, four years ago, ended in a group stage exit — with head coach Noureddine Ould Ali telling his players to go on to the pitch and make a statement.
“Our preparations has been quite exceptional and it is the first game that will open the door for Palestine football to announce to Asia and world that we’re here,” he said.
“It is a very exciting moment for us as we enter the arena with Syria and we look forward to a strong match and fair play. We’re representing our country and we want to make Palestine proud.”
Their Group B rivals Syria are fancied to do well in the UAE, having come close to qualifying for last year’s World Cup. But the Algerian believes his team are ready to take them on.
“We had a successful training camp in Qatar for a month where we worked on our weaknesses through friendlies and now we have to focus, focus and focus,” Ali said.
“Syria are a strong team both as individuals and as a team. They have the players to win the match but we have our strategies to get a positive result,” added the 46-year-old.
Syria head coach Bernd Stange is taking nothing for granted against Palestine, despite his side being one of the favorites to go far.
“Nobody in our team is going to say that we are going to win the title. We’re not arrogant.,” the German said.
“We have a young group of boys. We won’t say we want to win all matches but we will go as far as we can and our first objective is to have a good result against Palestine.
“I think Iraq has shown what’s possible. Years ago (2007) they won the Asian Cup when nobody expected them to win and I personally believe these are young boys and they should fight and run for their country.”


Sixth season of ​​Formula E to start in Saudi Arabia’s Ad Diriyah in November

Updated 16 June 2019
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Sixth season of ​​Formula E to start in Saudi Arabia’s Ad Diriyah in November

  • The electric cars competition will witness two rounds as part of the sixth ABB FIA Formula E event
  • Fourteen such events are scheduled in 12 cities on four different continents

RIYADH: FIA World Motor Sport Council revealed on Saturday that the 2019 Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix will kick off the new season on Nov. 22 and 23, 2019, on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The electric cars competition, organized by the FIA and the Saudi Arabia General Sport Authority (GSA), will witness two rounds as part of the sixth ABB FIA Formula E competition, out of 14 organized in 12 cities on four different continents including, Santiago, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, Berlin, New York, and London and Seoul, which were recently added.

Alberto Longo, vice CEO of Formula E, said that the upcoming season will be one of the most exciting in the short history of the competition.

He also welcomed Mercedes Benz and Porsche to the list of competitors, and Seoul and London to the competition’s venues.

He said that the present season is about to end with three more rounds to go, and that there is a fierce competition for the title.

CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM

● Nov. 22: Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

● Nov. 23: Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

● Dec. 14: TBA

● Jan. 18, 2020: Santiago, Chile

● Feb. 15, 2020: Mexico City, Mexico

● March 1, 2020: Hong Kong, China

● March 21, 2020: TBA — China

● April 4, 2020: Rome, Italy

● 9 April 18, 2020: Paris, France

● 10 May 3, 2020: Seoul, S. Korea

● 11 May 30, 2020: Berlin, Germany

● 12 June 20, 2020: New York, US

● 13 July 25, 2020: London, UK

● 14 July 26, 2020: London, UK