UAE coach Bert van Marwijk defended his determination to play poster boy Omar Abdulrahman for 3 quarters of the Whites’ 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Thailand – practically a yr to the day since his final begin for the nationwide group.
The 28-year-old Al Jazira playmaker performed 72 largely inconspicuous minutes within the 2-1 defeat in Rangsit, though there have been occasional flashes of the trademark brilliance and imaginative and prescient which have hallmarked the profession of the exalted ‘Amoory’.
Fears arose post-match that Van Marwijk may need “exposed him to exhaustion” however the Dutchman mentioned his determination to begin the talismanic former Al Ain and Al Hilal midfielder was justified, labelling him “one of the best players” in Asia.
“I am a big fan of the player who is one of the best players at the Asian level and among the best I have trained during my career,” mentioned 67-year-old Van Marwijk, who suffered his maiden defeat as UAE coach.
“And after I decided for him to take part, basically I had objectives from that participation, which implies I made the fitting determination.
“I took him out after 70 minutes for more goals and a substitute can make a difference, and indeed the team had several chances to win the game.”
It’s the most motion Abdulrahman has been uncovered to since returning to the UAE with the Satisfaction of Abu Dhabi after an ill-fated spell at boyhood membership Hilal, minimize brief following a devastating knee harm in the direction of the tip of 2018.
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In 5 earlier outings since lacking 10 months of motion, Amoory has solely performed sparingly in UAE qualifying wins towards Malaysia (17 minutes) and Indonesia (31) and three Jazira video games – totalling 103 minutes – as he eases again into motion.
Van Marwijk expressed unhappiness and frustration at defeat to the Battle Elephants – their first in three Group G video games, the second spherical of Asian qualifying, which leaves them a degree adrift of them and Vietnam, the joint leaders.
It was additionally a primary defeat for Van Marwijk in seven video games since taking the UAE reins in March – having opened with 5 wins and a draw.
“I am not satisfied with the performance,” he mentioned.
“Nonetheless we virtually gained, particularly from the alternatives within the second half and the ultimate minutes of the sport.
“The result’s regular, particularly after the efficiency of Thailand, who deserved to take the lead and win.
“And although I was happy with the goal scored by Ali Mabkhout at the end of the first half I was saddened after they scored their second goal, which frustrated me. We have not managed to translate the opportunities that we had into goals.”


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