Mancini excludes Al-Nassr star from the Asian Cup, surprising the Saudis!

Roberto Mancini, coach of the Saudi national team, surprised everyone after his decision to exclude Nawaf Al-Aqidi from Al-Akhdar’s list that will participate in the 2023 Asian Cup.

The Italian coach announced the exclusion of 3 players from the list hours before the start of the Saudi matches, namely the duo Ayman Yahya and Abbas Al-Hassan due to injury, along with Nawaf Al-Aqidi.

Mancini did not reveal the reason for the decision to exclude the goalkeeper, who was seen as the starter for the Saudi national team in the 2023 Asian Cup.

The Al-Nasr goalkeeper performed exceptionally well in the preparation period for the Asian Cup, and he even received great praise from the Lebanese national team coach for his performance in the friendly match between the two teams.

Mancini included 3 new players instead of those excluded, namely Muhammad Al-Breik and Talal Haji, in addition to goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Rubaie.

According to what was reported by the Saudi media, the closest goal is that goalkeeper Raghed Al-Najjar is the closest to being the protector of the Green Lair in the continental World Cup.

The Saudi national team is in the last group of the Asian Cup held in Qatar, along with Kyrgyzstan, the Sultanate of Oman, and Thailand.

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