Qualified for Asian Cup for first time

icon japanball2 August ~ At the end of May Palestine beat the Philippines 1-0 in the AFC Challenge Cup final, a tournament for "emerging countries" set up by the Asian Football Confederation. Their victory, sealed by a 59th-minute goal by Ashraf Nu'man (see highlights video), means they will compete in the 2015 Asian Cup, which begins in January, for the first time in their history. Palestine almost reached the same competition in 2006, prompting Gavin Willacy in WSC 237 to examine the problems they have playing at all, given the difficulties of putting on a simple training camp.


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