El primer rival de Argentina en el Mundial de Qatar sorprendió al desafectar a uno de sus delanteros: los motivos

Fahad Al-Muwallad scored 17 goals with his selection (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
Fahad Al-Muwallad scored 17 goals with his selection (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

A week from the start of the World Cup in Qatar 2022, Saudi Arabia is the primary rival Argentinasorprendió con una modificación en su lista y fue la exclusión de Fahad Al-Muwallad como “medida precautoria”, ante ante una posible infraction al antidopaje regulation. En marzo el delantero had received an 18-month sanction that he was reduced to before a Saudi arbitral instance, which would have allowed him to play the World Cup, according to local media reports. Sin embargo, el entrenador frances Hervé Renard no podrá disponer de su mejor alternative como centro delantero.

La noticia es llamativa ya que en 9 días el seleccionado saudita debutará ante Lionel Messi y compañía. The Federación de Fútbol del reino (SAFF) informed him on his social networks and mentioned that for a “precautionary measure”, Renard “decided to exclude the player from the list to participate in the World Cup”. The 28-year-old striker will be replaced by Nawaf Al-Abed, his partner in Al-Shabab in the Saudi league.

Al-Muwallad was sanctioned in late March for a positive result in an antidoping control in which he detected furosemida, a diuretic that hides the presence of anabolic steroids, and which is included in the list of prohibited products by the World Anti-Doping Agency ( AMA).

El comunicado de la federation saudia (@SaudiNT)
El comunicado de la federation saudia (@SaudiNT)

The pena que received was recurrida ante una instancia arbitral el resultado fue favorable para el selección de Medio Oriente. But then, according to the Saudi Federation, “the development of an appeal of the AMA before the Arbitral Tribunal of Sport (TAS)”. También subrayaron que hicieron las consultas pertinentes con su departamento legal. They informed the technical director and Renard decided to disaffect the player who was present in Russia 2018.

Al-Muwallad began his professional career in Al-Ittihad and in 2018 he was transferred to Levante de España in which he barely played two matches. He returned to his country and this season was bought by Al-Shabab. Con 17 goals in 62 matches with his selectionse dispupo a pelea por un lugar entre los titulares y en su defecto habría sido la primer variante para Renard.

Cabe recordar que Saudi Arabia began with a preparation on the 20th of October in Abu Dhabi para attemptar llegar de la mejor form a la Copa del Mundo. Aprovechó que la Saudi Pro League, que es la Primera División del aquel país, jugó su ultima fecha previa al paréntesis mundialista el domingo 16 de octubre y eso le permitió a Renard tener a todos sus jugadores con mayor in advance.

Fahad Al Muwallad fights against the headlines (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)
Fahad Al Muwallad fights against the headlines (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

En la previa disputaron cinco partido amistosos. Al-Muwallad was titular in the win over Iceland (1-0) and did not play in the draw against Panama (1-1). Aún que un cotejo preparatorio y será este miércoles frente a Croacia.

On Tuesday, November 22, Saudi Arabia will debut in the World Cup in Qatar 2022 before Argentina in the Lusail stadium in Doha. En la previa el combinado asiatico aparece como el más débil en el Grupo C, que también integran México y Polonia.

A nivel selección mayor, será la sexta presencia en un Mundial de Saudi Arabia luego de United States 1994, donde tuvo su mejor participation ya que pasó la primera ronda, y luego fue eliminated en la fase de groups en France 1998, Korea-Japan 2002, Germany 2006 y Russia 2018.

The definitive list of Saudi Arabia:

Arqueros: Mohammed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al Rubaie Al-Yami (Al-Ahli)

Defensores: Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab), Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Mado (Al-Nassr), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), Saud Abdulhamid ( Al-Hilal), Sultan Al-Ghanam (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal).

Mediocampistas: Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Riyadh Sharahili (Abha), Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Malki (Al-Hilal), Sami Al-Najei ( Al-Nassr), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Nasser Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Al-Ittihad), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab) .

Delanteros: Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Shabab), Haitham Asiri (Al-Ahli), Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal), Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh).

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