Kuwait U-20 team wraps up training ahead of the West Asian Championship

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A Kuwaiti dribbles past an opponent during a Kuwait-Egypt-friendly game.

KUWAIT CITY, June 23: The Kuwait under-20 youth football team will participate in its final training session before competing in the West Asian Championship, which begins tomorrow in Taif, Saudi Arabia, and continues until July 5. The team will open the tournament by facing Oman tomorrow as part of Group 1, which also includes host Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

The team prepared for the West Asian Championship through an external camp in Cairo, Egypt, where it played a test match against the Egyptian youth team, which ended in a 0-4 defeat. Croatian coach Dario is set to exclude five players from the current squad of 28, finalizing a roster of 23 players for the West Asian Championship.

Vice President of the Football Association, Haif Al-Mutairi, stated after the match that trial matches offer an opportunity to exchange experiences and develop skills among players, especially before the start of international and Arab tournaments. He praised the spirit of the youth team players and encouraged them to avoid mistakes in friendly matches and perform well in regional and international competitions to achieve favorable results and rankings for the Kuwaiti fans.

After the conclusion of the West Asian Championship, the national youth team will return to Kuwait for local training before leaving on July 17 for an external camp in Serbia, which will continue until August 6. During this camp, it will prepare for the Asian Cup qualifiers, which will be hosted by Kuwait in September. The national youth football team will compete in Group 3 alongside South Korea, the UAE, Lebanon, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Following the Serbia camp, the team will participate in a four-team friendly tournament in Azerbaijan over two weeks, before returning to Kuwait to hold two trial matches.

Meanwhile, referees Hashem Al-Ibrahim and Abdullah Al-Kandari, along with assistant referee Abdul-Rahman Al-Kandari, traveled to Taif, Saudi Arabia to officiate the West Asian Youth Championship matches.

Khaled El Anzi

Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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