RIYADH: The Saudi U-23 football team on Wednesday departed for Romania where coach Saad Al-Shehri will hold his sixth and final training camp in preparation for the Olympic Games in Japan later this month.
The final squad for Tokyo 2020 was announced earlier this week, and the team will now play two friendly matches against Romanian opposition on Saturday and Tuesday before leaving for Japan directly.
The last two matches for the U-23 team took place in Riyadh against Uganda and resulted in a 0-0 draw and a 2-0 win.
In Tokyo, Saudi Arabia’s U-23 team take on the Ivory Coast on July 22, Germany on July 25, and reigning Olympic champions Brazil on July 28.
The 22 players chosen for the Olympic squad are: Amin Bukhari, Mohammed Al-Rubaie, Zaid Al-Bawardi, Hamad Al-Yami, Khalifa Al-Dossary, Abdulilah Al-Omari, Saud Abdulhamid, Abdullah Hassoun, Abdulbasit Hindi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Nasser Al-Omran, Ali Al-Hassan, Salman Al-Faraj, Mukhtar Ali, Abdulrahman Ghareeb, Sami Al-Najei, Ayman Al-Khalif, Turki Al-Ammar, Khalid Al-Ghannam, Ayman Yahya, Salem Al-Dossary, and Abdullah Al-Hamdan.