The tournament that will decide if Jordan will be represented in the football at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro kicks off today (Tuesday) in Qatar.
Al Nashama youngsters are in Group D of the Asian U23 Cup alongside Australia, UAE and Vietnam, with a total of four groups consisting of 16 teams in taking part. The finalists and winner of the third place play-off will qualify to Rio.
Hosts Qatar play the opening match against China at 6pm (Jordan time), while Jordan start their journey on Thursday against Vietnam at 4:30pm at the Qatar Stadium.
Jordan has prepared for the tournament with a camp in the UAE where they beat North Korea twice but lost to Uzbekistan.
Coach Abu Abed believes his team is capable of qualifying, although he accepts it will not be easy.
· Jordan v Vietnam 14/01/2016
· Jordan v UAE 17/01/2016
· Jordan v Australia 20/01/2016
Group A: Qatar, Syria, Iran and China
Group B: Saudi Arabia, Japan, North Korea and Thailand
Group C: Iraq, North Korea, Uzbekistan and Yemen
Group D: Jordan, Australia, Vietnam and UAE