UAE top midfielder Amer Abdul Rahman is looking forward to change his life after the upcoming 2012 London Games. For the brilliant Bani Yas international playmaker the international football showcase could introduce him to the world should he manage to show the best of him.
“I can’t believe it,” the brilliant playmaker said. “Since 2009, following the FIFA U-20 World Championship in Egypt, we have been planning to qualify for the Games and at last we were able to do it,” he added.
“London Games mean more than football for me. The time has come for me to look for a chance to play in Europe. The Spanish Liga is my favourite, but any other chance elsewhere will do. I need to attract the attention of the players’ agents who will be keeping eye on the stars of the future, and hopefully I would be among them,” he said.
“But, above all, our immediate concern is to do pride for our nation in this historic appearance in the competition. We have to focus on how to proceed to the knock out stage of the tournament and thereafter to raise the ceiling of our ambitions. UAE has been drawn in a tough group, a group of death as they say. We will be facing the home team Britain in addition to the Uruguay and Senegal who represent the Latin American and African football where the most talented and skilled players come from. It’s a difficult job, but not mission impossible,” he said.
However, Abdul Rahman’s talent as a gifted player was noticed since the early days of his childhood and established himself as one of the most consistent and committed player after making debut in the UAE pro-league three years ago.
Regarding the preparations for the Olympic challenge, Abdul Rahman said there’s nothing going wrong.
“The atmosphere here is positive, organised and encouraging. The programme which has been carefully tailored by the head coach Mahdi Ali made our job very easy. We had a very tough season back at home. Most of the players have joined their respective clubs in the local and continental competitions over and above the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and Olympic Games qualifiers. But, the FA officials have taken all these facts into consideration and made us feel that feel at our ease in Switzerland. The weather is fine and the surroundings are eye-catching in this beautiful place,” he confirmed.
“The current group is living in great harmony and the overage trio Ismail Matar, Ali Khusaif and Ismail Al Hammadi are of great help.