The Saudi Olympian is on a mission to “displace Australia” to reach the Asian final
The Saudi U-23 team is just one step away from reaching the final of the AFC U-23 Cup when it meets its counterpart, Australia, in the semi-finals of the tournament currently being held in the Uzbek capital. Tashkent.
The Saudi green is looking forward to a repeat of reaching the final of the last edition of the tournament when it lost its last game against South Korea by a single goal without a reaction, but it looks determined to take the gold of the Asian Championship to embrace it for the first time in its history.
The Saudi national team shares the same ambition with its Australian counterpart to take the championship for the first time in their history after failing to embrace the title in the tournament that started in 2014 and has four champions in its records: Iraq, Japan, Uzbekistan and South Korea.
On the same day, Uzbekistan meets Japan in the second semifinal, where the two teams want to cross over and reach the final of the tournament, but the Uzbek team is armed with the ground and the public looking for a repeat of its performance in the edition of 2018.
The Saudi team is progressing ideally as it secured a valuable win against Vietnam with a clean double with no answer signed by Mutaib Al-Harbi and Firas Al-Braikan, who recently joined the Al-Akhdar U-23 camp after completing his participation in the first team camp held in Spain.
Al-Brikan himself scored a star of the show after scoring the winning goal to be crowned Man of the Match award by the Asian Football Confederation, while the green list also witnessed the participation of Hassan Timbukti after he the first team had ended camp.
The Saudi team has perfect numbers in the tournament so far, given that no goal has been conceded so far as goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Aqeedi managed to keep his net devoid of goals.
The Saudi team kicked off its career in the tournament by bypassing Tajikistan by five goals without a response, before drawing a goalless draw against Japan, who also reached the semifinals of the tournament, to overtake the UAE in the final round of the tournament. the group stage with a clean double before repeating the same result in the net of Vietnam in the role Quarter-finals of the continental championship.
At a time when the Australian team started a similar path to the Saudi Green, winning the first match against Kuwait with two goals without a reaction, before tying with its counterpart the Iraq team with a goal for the same, to return and win Jordan with a single goal without a reaction, before surpassing Turkmenistan with a single goal without a reaction. He reacted in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The Saudi team restores the services of the player Saud Abdul Hamid, who missed the previous match due to the suspension of the accumulation of cards, where Hassan Timbukti received the captaincy for the Saudi Green.
Saudi national team coach Saad Al-Shehri will try to use a suitable method for the Australian team and avoid an early goal; Seeking to kidnap the win, cross over to the final game and complete the task for which the Saudi Greens came to the Uzbek capital, according to press interviews by Al-Shehri.
The Saudi national team striker Firas Al-Braikan made it clear that he is not looking for individual achievements, indicating that his mission at Al-Akhdar is team success and focuses on the next matches.
Al-Braikan, who won the best player award in the previous game against Vietnam, said: The goal I scored in today’s game came from good positioning, so my job was easy by putting the ball into the goal , and explained: I came here to help my teammates win the title. Championship, and we’ve known each other for two years, so my integration with them was very easy.
It is worth noting that the Saudi national team’s duo of Ayman Yahya and Mutaib Al-Harbi have the opportunity to compete for the top scorer of the tournament as they each have two goals to their name, while South Korean striker Cho Young the top scorer of the tournament with three goals.
South Korea, the title holders, retired from the tournament after losing 3-0 to Japan without reaction.