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UAE to start preparations on July 22

Dubai: The United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAE FA) has announced that the national team will start preparations for the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on July 22.

The Committee for The National Teams and Technical Affairs approved the first stage of the preparation programme after coordinating with the technical staff led by new head coach Jorge Luis Pinto.

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The first gathering will be July 22-27, while the second preparatory camp on August 1-23 will be abroad with two friendly matches scheduled.

There will be a third gathering for the team on August 31-September 9, which will also include two friendly matches that will be played during FIFA days ahead of their next Asian Qualifiers match against Malaysia on October 8.

UAE, currently fourth in Group G with six points, will then travel to Indonesia for their sixth match of the Qualifiers on October 13.

Their final two matches are scheduled for November 12 and 17 against Thailand and Vietnam respectively.

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