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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Lebanon announce 23man final squad for the tournament

Lebanon have announced their 23-member final squad for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 which is to begin in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 5.

The team will be captained by 31-year-old Nejmeh striker Hassan Maatouk and is coached by Montenegrin coach Miodrag Radulovic.

The Cedars are pooled with Qatar, DPR Korea and Saudi Arabia in Group E of the Asian Cup.

They will open their campaign against Qatar at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 9 before facing Saudi Arabia at the Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on January 12.

Their final group match will be against North Korea at the Al-Sharjah Stadium.

It is worth mentionning that Lebanon returned to the Asian Cup after a gap of 19 years in what would be their second appearance in the continent's biggest international football tournament. Their first appearance came back in 2000 when they hosted the event as well.

Back then, The Cedars were knocked out of the group stage after registering two draws and a loss in their three group encounters. This time though, they aim to go one step forward into the knockout stage.

Source: National News Agency