Newcomers get Lebanon chance
Kuala Lumpur: Rookies Hussein Monzer and Hadi Mortada are among the 27 players Miodrag Radulovic has included in the preliminary Lebanon squad for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
Monzer, a midfielder, plays for Al-Ahed while goalkeeper features for Tadamon Sour.
Lebanon, drawn in Group E, will face Saudi Arabia, DPR Korea and Qatar in their bid to advance to the knockout stage.
It will be be their second appearance in the Continental showpiece, with their previous involvement on home soil in 2000.
The final squad of 23 has to be named by December 26.
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Lebanon Preliminary Squad
Goalkeepers: Mahdi Khalil (Al-Ahed), Mostafa Matar (Salam Zgharta), Ahmad Taktouk (Al-Safa’), Hadi Mortada (Tadamon Sour).
Defenders: Moataz Bella Al-Junaudi (Al-Ansar), Hassan Samih Cheaito (Al-Ansar), Walid Ismail (Salam Zgharta), Ali Hamam (Nejmeh), Joan Oumari (Al-Nasr), Mohamad Zein Tahan (Al-Safa’), Nour Mansour (Al-Ahed), Alexander Michel Melki (AFC Eskilstuna), Nassar Nassar (Al-Ansar), Kazem Zein (Nejmeh).
Midfielders: Adnan Haidar (Al-Ansar), Felix Michel Melki (AFC Eskilstuna), Mohamad Haidar (Al-Ahed), Bassel Jradi (HNK Hajduk Split), Samir Ayass (Al-Ahed), Haitham Faour (Al-Ahed), Hussein Monzer (Al-Ahed), Nader Matar (Nejmeh).
Forwards: Omar Chaaban Bugiel (Bromley), Rabih Ataya (Al-Ahed), Hassan Ali Cheaito (Al-Ansar), Maatouk (Nejmeh), Hilal El Helwe (Apollon Smyrnis).
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