UAE train ahead of Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Alberto Zaccheroni's men kick off the continental competition in their Group A clash against Bahrain on Saturday

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The UAE national football team trained at New York University in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night ahead of their Asian Cup opener against Bahrain on Saturday.

The hosts, who have been drawn with Bahrain, India and Thailand in Group A, are without their star man - the injured playmaker Omar Abdulrahman.

But they will have pleasant memories from the previous edition of the continental competition in Australia where they reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by the home team and eventual champions.

You can check out staff photographer Pawan Singh's pictures of Alberto Zaccheroni's team training at NYUAD by browsing the photo gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.


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GROUP A: UAE, Bahrain, India, Thailand

GROUP B: Australia, Syria, Jordan, Palestine

GROUP C: South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines

GROUP D: Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Yemen

GROUP E: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, North Korea

GROUP F: Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, Turkmenistan