The 27 men preliminary team squad of Lebanon for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 announced by the Lebanon Football Association has sparked enthusiasm among the football fans of the world.
Because in the team squad for this specific football tournament. They have taken the risk of including a few new players in the last minute that are not expected to be the part of the team earlier.
Goalkeeper Hadi Mortada and Midfielder Hussein Monzer were picked t0 prove themselves in their maiden game and drive the national football towards the path of success.
Till now Lebanon has participated only once in the AFC Asian cup that is way back in 2000 when it played really well in the group stage match defeating all its opponents and advanced further.
But they were countered by the other strong teams in the next round. So this time they are taking proper care.
Lebanon’s preliminary squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Goalkeepers: Mahdi Khalil (Al-Ahed), Mostafa Matar (Salam Zgharta), Hadi Mortada (Tadamon Sour), Ahmad Taktouk (Al-Safa’)
Defenders: Moataz Bella Al-Junaudi (Al-Ansar), Hassan Samih Cheaito (Al-Ansar), Walid Ismail (Salam Zgharta), Ali Hamam (Nejmeh), Nour Mansour (Al-Ahed), Alexander Michel Melki (AFC Eskilstuna), Nassar Nassar (Al-Ansar), Joan Oumari (Al-Nasr), Mohamad Zein Tahan (Al-Safa’), Kazem Zein (Nejmeh)
Midfielders: Samir Ayass (Al-Ahed), Haitham Faour (Al-Ahed), Hussein Monzer (Al-Ahed), Nader Matar (Nejmeh), Adnan Haidar (Al-Ansar), Felix Michel Melki (AFC Eskilstuna), Mohamad Haidar (Al-Ahed), Bassel Jradi (HNK Hajduk Split)
Forwards: Rabih Ataya (Al-Ahed), Omar Chaaban Bugiel (Bromley), Hassan Ali Cheaito (Al-Ansar), Maatouk (Nejmeh), Hilal El Helwe (Apollon Smyrnis)
As per the 2019 Asian Cup UAE Schedule, Lebanon will be played in Group E against the rival teams North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.