x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Should Katanec look to youngsters?

The UAE national football sides have enjoyed varying degrees of success at different levels this month, with the Under 20s outshining their senior counterparts.

The U20s were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the World Cup in Egypt by an injury time goal at the end of extra-time against Costa Rica, bringing an end to their run that has encapsulated the hearts of the football loving public in the Emirates - even among more scathing expatriate fans. The senior side, however, could only limp home to a 1-1 draw against lowly Palestine in a friendly in Dubai, Srecko Katanec's first match in charge. It was a poor showing by any standards against a side ranked 173rd in the Fifa world rankings - 50 places below the UAE - and Katanec must surely look to tap into his younger resources if he has any hopes of moulding a successful side for the future. Do you agree? Have your say below.