T-Team keeper Syamsuri Mustaffa who last played for the country in early 2007, has been recalled in place of Helmi Eliza Elias of Kedah. It is likely that Syamsuri be given the task to man the posts ahead of MyTeam's Syed Adney Syed Hussein and Perlis' Farizal Marlias.
While Helmi will be remembered not for his heroics but his fumble which led to Vietnam's winning goal in the recent AFF Suzuki Cup, Syamsuri created a history of sorts with a long-range goal from his area in the Hanoi SEA Games almost six years ago. His goal (against Vietnam of all teams), earned him the Play of the Day in CNN's sports segment.
Coach B. Sathianathan has also recalled Terengganu-born duo Mazuki Yusof and Rosdi Talib in the 27-man squad.
UAE is coached by former France midfielder, Dominique Bathenay, an old team mate of Michel Platini.
Bathenay is at present in Oman for the Gulf Cup where UAE, winners in 2007, had just been knocked out from the competition. Oman is presently coached by former Malaysia tactician, Claude Le Roy.