Ali Mabkhout, the top scorer of the UAE team, is looking forward to breaking his scoring record in the Asian Nations Football Championship when he represents the UAE in the 18th Asian Nations Football Championship hosted by Qatar from January 12 to February 10 next year.
The 33-year-old striker scored nine goals in the Asian Cup final and ranks third on the all-time scorer list, one behind South Korea's Lee Dong-kook and five behind Iranian legend Ali Daei.
The 2015 World Cup in Australia is considered a special period in Mabkhout's international career, during which he achieved many personal achievements, most notably winning the Golden Boot as top scorer with five goals (the only one Emirati who achieved this achievement) and led the UAE national team to third place, in addition to scoring the fastest goal in the history of the Asian Championship, against Bahrain, just 14 seconds after the opening whistle.
The UAE star of Arjan Al-Sinla continued his brilliant run with the national team, scoring 4 goals in the 2019 AFC Asian Nations semi-finals.
Just days before the start of the Qatar Continental Championship, one of Asia's greatest forwards Mabukut will be hoping to continue scoring goals in the next edition, not only breaking Iran's Ali Daei's record but also leading the UAE to its first ever podium finish. time in history.
The UAE team is in the third group with Hong Kong, Iran and Palestine.
These are the matches for the UAE national team in Asia National Team Group 3 2023
- January 14: UAE x Hong Kong (Khalifa International Stadium).
- January 18: Palestine x UAE (Al Janub Stadium).
- January 23: Iran x UAE (Education City Stadium).