x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Bashar Saeed happy with recall to international stage

Q&A The Al Wahda central defender is delighted to be back playing for the UAE.

Having retired from international football three years ago, Basher Saeed, the Al Wahda central defender, is to return to the UAE squad for their 2014 World Cup qualifier in South Korea on October 11.

What was your reaction when you were asked to return from international retirement?

Firstly, I wouldn't have been even considered for selection if I wasn't performing in the domestic competitions. Secondly, I don't want to let down my country and I am ready to fight for them.

Do you still think you have a chance of staying in the World Cup race?

The chances are very slim but we will go out there and give it our best shot. It is a very critical game and a good result can revive our chances.

Why did you retire from internationals when you were still considered one of the best defenders in the country?

I decided to quit from international matches because I couldn't give 100 per cent commitment to the national team. The pressure was too much because I also wanted to spend time with my family.

Now that you have returned to the national team after more than three years, will you continue?

It depends on how long they want me to be in the team. Hamdan [Al Kamali] was injured and the coach, Abdullah Misfir, asked me if I was available. I said, if he had no other choices, I was prepared to join the squad. After all it is for my country.