Palestinian team meets in Jordan for China game

Israeli authorities lifted security precautions on the border of the Palestinian Gaza Territory to allow three Palestinian footballers to join their national team for an Asian Cup qualifying match against China in Jordan on Wednesday. Saeb Jendeya, Palestine captain, along with defenders Hamada Eshbair and Ihmeidan Barrbakh were allowed through the Rafah checkpoint to travel to Amman via Cairo in order to play in the crucial Group E match, Reuters reported.

The three Palestinian players should arrive in time for the match which will be played at 10:00pm local time at the King Abdullah International Stadium. "It is a very difficult and long trip but the joy of linking up with our team mates in the national team and try to get a good result is the source of our happiness," Jendeya said.

Palestine are at the bottom of their group, but a win against China would put them back into Asian Cup qualifying contention. "The game will be very hard on us," said Palestine coach Mohammed Sabbah. "All of our matches in this group are tough although we consider Jordan as our home because we have a lot of Palestinian fans who live here. Winning against China would be a historical event for us and it would open the door again for us to fight for a place in next year's Asian Cup finals," he added.

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