Bento looking to extend winning start as UAE kick off 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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Wed, 2023-11-15 12:39

DUBAI: Another ticket to the World Cup after more than three decades away, or another false dawn?

That is the burning question which hangs over Paulo Bento’s UAE side ahead of Thursday’s competitive debut versus Nepal, when qualifying kicks off.

The ex-Portugal and South Korea tactician’s start has been exemplary. It has included a trio of friendly victories, opening with September’s 4-1 bow against Keylor Navas’ Costa Rica.

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