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Jordan prepare to host Indonesia

By Aline Bannayan - Jan 29,2013 - Last updated at Jan 29,2013

AMMAN — Jordan will play Indonesia on February 1 in a friendly as both teams prepare for the 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers starting February 6.

The friendly precedes Jordan’s first Group A qualifier against Singapore following which they will play Syria and Oman.

Team head coach Adnan Hamad urged players to give their utmost in the upcoming phase.

“I have asked players to focus and build on what has been achieved,” Hamad told the press following the team’s practice.

“We aim to be competitive in the Asian Cup where Jordan reached the finals twice.” he said.

Jordan is readying to play return leg of Round 4, Group B FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers starting against Japan on March 26, before playing Australia on June 11 and Oman on June 18.

“We also have three matches ahead with the aim and dream of reaching the World Cup. We have reached a phase where others with bigger resources could not,” Hamad said.

So far, Jordan drew 1-1 with Iraq, lost 6-0 to Japan, scored a historic 2-1 win over Australia before they lost 2-1 to Oman and 1-0 to Iraq which complicates their chances of possibly reaching the World Cup.

The Jordanian team joined the continent’s top 10 qualifying teams in the final qualifying Round 4 for the first time since taking part in the qualifiers back in 1985.

Jordan came in 95th place in January’s FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after they settled for 94th spot at the end of 2012 following their first round exit at the West Asian Championship which was won by Syria.

Hamad said 13 younger players represented Jordan in the West Asian event and despite the first round exit it was a good experience for the line-up.

“We are building on the strategy to continuously have a competitive team with replacements ready to take on the helm,” he added.

The Iraqi born coach, who was named among the leading coaches of the world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, alluded to the team’s declining results in their last two World Cup qualifiers and underlined that some of the players’ professional contracts aboard were probably not technically but more financially beneficial as they were not having ample playing time which affected their competitive readiness.

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