Abdulla Abu Zema, Jordan || January 13th, 2016
After news emerging that Paul Put was involved in a match-fixing scandal back in his home country, Belgium, Put’s sacking was imminent and became a matter of when and not if. The ideal man for the job, his assistant Abdulla Abu Zema, will take over the national team until further notice of any changes.
Abu Zema managed Wehdat over the course of the 2014-15 season, leading them to the Jordanian Pro League title before leaving after their 1-0 loss to Qadsia in the AFC Cup quarter final. He subsequently joined the Jordanian National Team set-up, helping Paul Put behind the scenes to a successful but short period in charge.
Abu Zema’s task at hand is to lead the Jordanian National Team to the World Cup Qualifiers Final Round and the Asian Cup 2019 safely. He will do so against Bangladesh in Amman, and Australia in Australia. The task is tough, but the man nicknamed “Prince” is surely prepared after accompanying different managers to gain a wealth of knowledge from. The Prince is no stranger to this scenario.
Juan Roman Lopez Caro, Oman || January 14th, 2016
Juan Roman Lopez Caro is the mystery man to take over the Oman National Team after Le Guen’s inevitable departure. After weeks of going back and forth over different managers, local and foreign, the Oman FA picked Caro as the ideal choice to lead Oman into the final matches of the World Cup Qualifiers.
The Oman FA hope that Lopez Caro’s experience, although unsuccessful, with Saudi Arabia in late 2014 will help steer them towards Iran’s spot at the top of the table in their respective WCQ group. The Oman National Team are in 2nd, only 3 points behind the Iranians, although their recent loss to Turkmenistan ended all their momentum.