Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado head to Dubai as Colombia announce Middle East dates

The Colombia national team will play two friendly matches in the Middle East at the end of March in preparation of this summer's Copa America in Chile, the Colombian Football Federation has announced.
The Colombia national team will play Kuwait in Dubai on March 30. Thierry Roge / EPA
The Colombia national team will play Kuwait in Dubai on March 30. Thierry Roge / EPA

Football fans in the UAE will have the opportunity to watch World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia in action at the end of March after they announced two friendlies in the Middle East.

Colombia, who are using the trip as a chance to prepare for the 2015 Copa America in Chile, will play Bahrain in Manama on March 26 before heading to Dubai for a game against Kuwait on March 30, the Colombian Football Federation confirmed.

Colombia coach Jose Nestor Pekerman will be without World Cup top scorer James Rodriguez, with the Real Madrid forward sidelined with a foot injury.

However, Pekerman is expected to use the Middle East matches as a chance to give a run out to striker Radamel Falcao, who has struggled for form since moving to Manchester United on loan.

New Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado and Porto striker Jackson Martinez are also expected to feature.

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Published: March 16, 2015 04:00 AM

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