Mancini’s Controversial Exclusion of Al-Nasr, Al-Hilal, and Al-Ahly Players: The Reason Revealed

Italian coach Roberto Mancini

Italian coach Roberto Mancini, coach of the first Saudi national football team, made statements that sparked controversy within the Saudi sports street, regarding the exclusion of the trio of Al-Nasr, Al-Hilal and Al-Ahly.

During the past few days, the Italian coach was subjected to harsh criticism from the Saudi fans, because of his exclusion of: (Sultan Al-Ghannam, Al-Nasr player – Muhammad Kanno, Al-Hilal player, and Firas Al-Braikan, Al-Ahly player).

Mancini reveals the reason for the exclusion of the trio of Al-Nasr, Al-Hilal and Al-Ahly

During the press conference held before facing Pakistan, as part of the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, the Saudi national team coach said: “Now… it is time to build a new generation for the Saudi national team.”

Regarding the exclusion of Muhammad Kanno, Sultan Al-Ghannam and Firas Al-Braikan, the trio of Al-Hilal, Al-Nasr and Al-Ahly respectively, despite their brilliance, he confirmed that it was for technical reasons.

The Italian explained that he is keen to call only players who are 100% ready to the Green camp, and that the door is open for all names to join the national team.

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