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UAE part ways with van Marwijk

Dubai: The UAE Football Association announced on Wednesday that it has decided to terminate the contract of head coach Bert van Marwijk and his assistants.

The decision came 24 hours after UAE exited the 2019 Gulf Cup following a 4-2 defeat to hosts Qatar in Group A.

It also follows the recent poor results of the West Asian side under Dutchman van Marwijk in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

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UAE picked up only one victory in the 2019 Gulf Cup, defeating Yemen 3-0 before losing to Iraq and Qatar while they are currently fourth in Group G of the Asian Qualifiers on six points from two victories from four matches.

The AFC Asian Cup 2019 semi-finalists opened their Asian Qualifiers campaign with wins over Malaysia (2-1) and Indonesia (5-0) before suffering defeats to Thailand (2-1) and Vietnam (1-0).

The former Saudi Arabia and Australia head coach joined UAE last March, with the team registering five wins and four defeats.

The UAE FA said the new head coach “will be announced in the upcoming days.”

UAE have four matches remaining in the Asian Qualifiers, with the West Asians resuming their campaign against Malaysia on March 26 at home.

They then play Indonesia away five days later before concluding the second round of the Asian Qualifiers with home ties against Thailand (June 4) and Vietnam (June 9).

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