Embattled Jordan coach targets knockout stage at AFC Asian Cup

Jordan have been a staple of the AFC Asian Cup since making their finals debut in China 20 years ago. Al-Nashama have successfully plotted a path to the knockout stages in 2004, 2011 and 2019, having featured at every edition bar the 2007 Asian Cup.

Jordan are an outlier in Arab football. Unlike their Levantine neighbors, they do not have a large diaspora from which talent can be drawn. Their neighbors in the Gulf have huge financial resources which has enabled them to build world class facilities, hire renowned coaches, and lure top foreign talent.

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