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Jordan’s Al Taamari eager for more success with APOEL


Amman: Jordan forward Musa Al Taamari is determined to achieve more success after steering Cypriot outfit APOEL FC to their 28th league title last season and playing in the UEFA Champions League.

Born in the suburbs of Jordanian capital Amman, Al Taamari started sharpening his football skills as a 10-year-old with Shabab Al Ordon. He made his professional debut in 2016 and after a short loan spell with Al Jazeera, he moved to Cyprus to become the first Jordanian to play for giants APOEL.

Speaking exclusively to the-AFC.com, the 22-year-old forward said playing in Europe has helped him improve tremendously.

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“Playing in Europe is exciting,” revealed Al Taamari. “The chances of learning are really high because you always play against strong teams and players of high calibre."

Al Taamari was the only Europe-based player in Jordan’s squad for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and the winger said the competition is one of the highlights of his young career.

“It was a different experience to represent the national team in the biggest continental event,” explained Al Taamari, who scored in Jordan’s 2-0 win against Syria.

“We did well in the group stage as we defeated Australia in the opening match before beating Syria,” he said. “We deserved to finish top of the group.

“Our fans in the UAE shared a lot of nice memories with us. It will be memories that will last forever although we were not lucky against Vietnam in the Round of 16.”

Al Taamari also shared a message with his fellow footballers and paid tribute to the frontliners fighting the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world.

“I hope these difficult time will end soon,” he said. “My message for my fellow athletes is that this is a chance for us to correct our mistakes and we should continue training.

“As for the health workers, we know the hard work that they are putting in,” he continued. “We are all proud of you and we know that you are soldiers who have big determination and strength.”

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