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UAE star Ahmed Khalil wary of Thailand threat

UAE striker Ahmed Khalil says he is fully aware of the threat Thailand will pose on Tuesday.

The pair meet in their 2018 World Cup Qualifier at Rajamangala Stadium Bangkok as UAE need a win to get their chances of reaching Russia back on track.

The 26-year-old star insisted that Thailand have ‘nothing to lose spirit’ and warned his colleagues what to expect against the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup champions.

“Thailand are a tough team and we have to respect them,” said Khalil in an interview with The National.

“We have to prepare for them with all our concentration, as if preparing for any of the big Asian teams, like Japan or Australia.

“Thailand’s inability to qualify makes them more dangerous because they have nothing to lose, and they play at home so will want to please their fans,” the Al Jazira star added.

“But we are aware of it. We have to remain confident and give everything we have on the pitch to ensure we return with the points.”

UAE, who appointed former Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza last month, currently seven four points adrift of the Australia in fourth as they continue to chase the play-off spot Asian qualifying Group B.