12:00PM, Saturday 22 June 2019
Romeo Jozak (middle) is the Kuwait national team manager.
Maidenhead United have announced a prestigious pre-season friendly fixture with the Kuwait
national team to be played at York Road on Tuesday, July 16.
The Kuwaitis – who have a training camp in England ahead of the second phase of the Asian Football Confederation section of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, which takes place in September – will take on the Magpies in the warm- up to the new National League season.
The side ranked number 156 in the FIFA World Rankings take on a number of English sides in behind closed doors matches, but the Kuwaiti Football Federation has chosen to play a fixture open to the public at
York Road after being
impressed by the newly renovated playing surface during their Tuesday visit.
Kuwait are managed by Croatian coach Romeo Jozak who has previously coached Dinamo Zagreb and the Libyan national team before a short spell in charge at Legia Warsaw in Poland.
Asian Cup Champions back in 1980, the side known as Al-Azraq (The Blue Wave) could face the likes of Japan, South Korea or Australia in qualifying as they look to secure only their second ever appearance at the World Cup Finals since their debut in 1982, when they were drawn in England’s group.
Magpies’ fixtures secretary Neil Maskell said: “This is a prestigious fixture for the club and hopefully our spectators will turn out in good numbers to welcome our Kuwaiti guests and to witness the unusual spectacle of Maidenhead United taking on a full national team.
“The match will be a very useful exercise for Alan Devonshire and his team as they warm up for another challenging National League season.”
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