- Musa Al-Taamari is a pillar of Jordan’s nationwide workforce
- He believes Al-Nashama can progress to the decisive spherical of Qatar 2022 qualifiers
- The participant is now starring in Belgium after making his mark in Cyprus
Keen to proceed reaching his lengthy record of bold targets, Musa Al-Taamari has had a promising begin to his soccer journey as he hurries to build up expertise and develop his expertise. The younger winger carries the hopes of a great many Jordanians, who would like to see him increase his nation’s profile in main worldwide tournaments, foremost of which is the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
With solely three video games left in Group B of the AFC qualifiers for Qatar 2022, Jordan must win all of them to make sure qualification for the subsequent spherical. Waiting in retailer are Kuwait (with whom they share 10 factors), Nepal, and group leaders Australia (12 factors) for what is going to successfully be three finals.
Jordanians are banking on their star Al-Taamari and his skilled workforce-mates to deliver one thing further to the workforce and assist them into the area’s closing qualifying spherical for under the second time. The first time Jordan went that far was within the Brazil 2014 qualifiers, going all the way in which to the CONMEBOL–AFC intercontinental play-off, the place they misplaced to Uruguay.
“We know full well that we can’t afford to drop any points,” Al-Taamari mentioned of the qualifiers. “We’ll method each match with the goal of profitable it. We’re assured we’ll carry out as we all the time have (taking part in with a combating spirit) in order to realize victory.”
Building on previous successes
Next week, Al-Taamari and the remainder of the squad will collect for a coaching camp in Dubai, the place Jordan will play friendlies in opposition to Iraq and Syria. That will probably be a chance to deliver the all of the group collectively, having not performed a global for months as a result of coronavirus.
Building on some superb efficiency and outcomes on the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Al-Nashama have the potential to return again strongly and preserve their hopes alive within the present World Cup qualifiers. At the aforementioned Asian Cup, Jordan beat Australia and Syria to prime their first-spherical group.
“We went to that competition determined to show our strength and prove we had a lot to offer in games against the biggest teams,” mentioned Al Taamari. “What we achieved in the first round gave us a lot of confidence to build on in the future.”
Jordan may nicely have superior additional within the UAE, however their final-16 defeat to Vietnam left a wound from which the workforce and the coaches goal to be taught.
“Everything was going well until that game. It was one of those days when you feel football is not fair to you. We had no luck converting our chances or even our penalties [in the shootout]. Perhaps we wasted a historic opportunity to go far at that tournament.”
A European journey
Although nonetheless 23, Al-Taamari has a mature outlook and is aware of precisely what he must do. After rising to stardom within the Jordanian league with Shabab Al-Ordon and Aljazeera, he needed to quick-monitor his progress. In the summer time of 2018, he moved to Cyprus to play for APOEL, the place he had an impressive first season and and helped the membership win the league and the Cypriot Super Cup.
Unsurprisingly, followers voted Al-Taamari the perfect participant within the league and the perfect left-winger amongst overseas gamers for the 2018/19 season. He was additionally chosen by a number of pundits for his or her workforce of the 12 months.
“It was the perfect season for me,” he mentioned. “I wanted to show my best, and thank God I succeeded. With APOEL I reached new heights, especially as I played in the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League. When you play against big names like Ajax and Sevilla, who have won European titles, you know you are competing at the very top.”
Al-Taamari then moved to the Belgian Pro League final month after signing for Oud-Heverlee Leuven. And although the season was already eight video games previous, he was quickly within the thick of the motion, going through heavyweights Anderlecht and Club Brugge.
“After the Cypriot league, I had to move to a championship where I could get closer to top European standards. In Belgium there are many big clubs that always feature in the Europa League and the Champions League. I soon saw the difference between Cyprus and Belgium. Here you spend more hours at your club and could have to attend two training sessions a day, several times a week.”
Al-Taamari needs to learn from the Belgian expertise as a lot as attainable. “I have a number of objectives I want to achieve there: to develop my physical skills in terms of speed and running stats during games; to be able to carry out attacking and defence duties at the same time, while improving some other details that are important for every professional footballer.”
Al-Taamari has received the backing of all Jordanians over the previous two years. Now that he’s taking part in within the Belgian league, he will probably be watched much more intently to see what he can accomplish there. In addition to being an envoy for Jordanian soccer in Europe, he stays one of many central pillars of the nationwide workforce and somebody on whom great hopes have been pinned.