As preparations continue for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup which Jordan hosts in April 2018, a tournament that is very important for all of Asia’s top sides as 5 of the 8 participating teams will be booking a direct qualification ticket to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
Jordan Women’s National Team will head to Europe from July 25 until August 4, where they’ll be facing Croatia in a friendly international in Zagreb on July 27, then meet up with Bosnia in Zenica in two occasions, on July 31, and August 3.
Head coach Michael Dickey spoke about the aim and importance of the upcoming training camp and said: “This training camp will give us the chance to learn more about our current team. It’s good to see where we have developed at mentally, what is our current fitness level, and how’s our game understanding with the tactics that we are slowly introducing week by week in our training sessions,”
“We need to keep on playing competitive games on a monthly basis, against national teams from the different schools of football across the world.”
Reflecting on the upcoming encounters against Croatia and Bosnia, Dickey said: “By competing against Croatia and Bosnia in three games, and I would anticipate that their players will be skillful, physically strong, and well coached. It will certainly help in our preparations for the Asian Cup and World Cup Qualifiers next April.”
“I think Croatia and Bosnia will give us a comparison to at east one of the countries that we probably might face in the qualifiers potentially; and that will be Australia.” He added.
“From a training stand of point, I’ve been happy with the commitment of the players. We have introduced a new fitness program that our fitness coach, Shannon Grady, has prepared. And the girls have been working on that individually, and also as a team as well.”
“I like the energy in the trainings, we are building our team chemistry day by day, and I can actually feel the momentum building up. But we have to be patient, because it’s not going to happen overnight. I have seen a lot of progress since we started with the group to where we are currently now, and I expect that we will be further ahead after our training camp in Europe.” Dickey concluded.
Jordan Women’s National Team squad that will be traveling to Europe’s Training Camp consists of the following players:
Malak Shannak, Rand Albustanji, Shahnaz Jibreen, Stephanie Alnaber, Mai Sweilem, Abeer Alnahar, Razan Alzagha, Haya Khalil, Jana Abu Ghosh, Tasnim Abu Rob, Shorouq Alshathli, Maysa Jbarah, Enshirah Hiasat, Rouzbahan Fraij, Anfal Alsoufy, Lana Feras, Yasmeen Khair, Ayah Almajali, Jeeda Alnaber, Lama Alomari.