Squad finalizes without key players

Mar 19, 2016 - 01:01:37 | Shimaaz Ali
Key three players who were ommitted from the squad

Male’. MALDIVES – Maldives national team coach Ricki Herbert has finalized an 18 player’s squad without some key players for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against China on 24th of this month.

National team captain Ali Ashfaq, striker Asadhulla Abdulla and defender Amdhan Ali were not in the list due to injuries. Meanwhile goal keeper Mohamed Imran was also not in the list and Abdulla Fayaz replaced him as the third goalkeeper.

Coach Ricki Herbert has also omitted regular starter Mohamed Arif, who has previously criticized Ricki’s tactics.

According to an official from FAM this squad is for the match against China on 24th of this match and they will change the squad for the match against Bhutan later this month. Maldives will play against Bhutan on 29th of this month here in National Stadium, Male.

Maldives team will be leaving to China tomorrow night.

The following are the final 18 players selected for the match against China

Imran Mohamed

Samooh Ali

Hussain Niyaz Mohamed

Ahmed Abdulla

Ahmed Imaaz

Ansar Ibrahim

Samdhooh Mohamed

Ismail Easa

Hassan Naiz

Ali Ashadh

Ali Fasir

Ahmed Nashid

Hamza Mohamed

Shafiu Ahmed

Mohamed Faisal

Moosa Yamin

Gasim Samaam

Abdulla Fayaz



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ebra on Mar 19
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COACH has already FAILED
footballmad on Mar 19
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Hope the squad achieves a good result. Enjoy the match!
footballmad on Mar 19
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Interesting to see that Ashfaq has just played extremely well in a Malaysian FA cup match for PDRM but FAM had annouced earlier that he was injured! What's happening?
BILLOORI on Mar 20
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again this time also this coach will say he used young player for the experience, played without key players, dont have ashfaq, and this is a good experience and his target is to 2023 world cup,
Imma on Mar 20
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Ashfaq is still bitter about Popov's sacking. While I agree with his sentiments, he should stop acting like a spoiled child and set an example for the younger players by making himself ready for the national team. There is simply no word from PDRM regarding any injury, so this is a big disappointment. It's funny how people forget their roots once they start earning $$$.