Beijing, Jan 1: As one of the two debutants in the AFC Under-23 Championship, Palestine are ready to make their marks in the upcoming continental football tourment to be held in Chi from January 9 to 27. "I dedicate the qualification to the Palestinian people, especially as it's the first in the history of the Olympic team. I believe that the players worked hard during the qualifiers which resulted in this achievement," team coach Ayman Sandouqa said after his disciples made the history. "We are looking forward to maintaining such a good performance the following games," Sandouqa said. "We will also put a plan to represent Palestine football as best as we can in the championship."
Palestine aim to impress in AFC U-23 Championship
Palestine finished atop in Group E, ahead of Jordan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh, in the qualifiers. But their road to the fils was not as easier as it seemed. After a 2-2 draw with Tajikistan in the opening game, they were at the brink of being knocked out when finding themselves 2-1 down at half-time against Jordan in their second game. IANS