U23 Vietnam needs to block the rising star of U23 Saudi Arabia

Ayman Yahya is a key midfielder of U23 Saudi Arabia in the AFC U23 Championship. He scored 2 goals in the group stage, accounting for nearly 30% of Saudi Arabia U23’s goals in the group stage.

Ayman Yahya’s strength is his wide range and ability to play well in many positions.

In the opening match against Japan, this midfielder mainly operated on the left wing. To the match against U23 Tajikistan, the coach ranked Ayman Yahya on the right wing. He adapts quickly, and proves to be especially dangerous in situations where he takes advantage of speed and technique to cut in and finish. Ayman Yahy is the author of the second goal, contributing to the 5-0 victory of U23 Saudi Arabia against U23 Tajikistan.

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Ayman Yahya is the rising star of Saudi football (Image: AFC)

In the final match for the quarter-final ticket against U23 UAE, Ayman Yahya opened the scoring in the 57th minute. This goal removed a great psychological burden for U23 Saudi Arabia, especially at that time, U23 Japan had already lost. lead U23 Tajikistan and temporarily take the top spot of Group D.

In fact, although he worked mainly on the right wing during the first half, in the scoring situation, Ayman Yahya turned his wing, surprising the defense of UAE U23. The player wearing the number 7 shirt of Saudi Arabia skillfully handled the teammate’s long pass to pass the opponent’s defender, then cushioned his heart to knock down goalkeeper Abdulla of UAE U23.

Video: Ayman Yahya hits the net U23 UAE

As a mainstay in Saudi Arabia’s U23 team, Ayman Yahya gradually gained confidence in the national team. Notably, Ayman Yahya played in the match Saudi Arabia won against Vietnam 3-1 in the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup. In the second leg at My Dinh Stadium, the midfielder born in 2001 was added to the registration list but did not play.

Ayman Yahya was born on May 14, 2001, of Yemeni origin, raised from the training camp of Al-Nassr Club. He joined the club at the age of 7 and is still on the staff of this team. In the 2022 season, Yahya transferred to Al-Ahli SC club on loan to accumulate playing experience. Although he is only 21 years old, he is already considered an important player in the squad of Al-Ahli club and is a young star of Saudi football.

If coach Saad Al-Shehri continues to use Yahya in the right midfield position, he will be the main opponent of Phan Tuan Tai. In the group stage, Phan Tuan Tai made an impression with 2 assists, but it was also the point where the opponent often attacked. Phan Tuan Tai’s indecisive break was the starting point for the opening goal for Korea U23 in the match against U23 Vietnam. Therefore, Coach Gong Oh-Kyun will need special tactical calculations to support Phan Tuan Tai, limiting the danger of Ayman Yahya.

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