Football chief says Asian Football Confederation should have chosen another date for qualifer against Hong Kong
UAE football chiefs have criticised the decision to schedule an Asian Cup qualifying match on the first day of Eid al-Adha.
The UAE Football Association said the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) should have not scheduled the match between the UAE and Hong Kong on Tuesday.
In comments published by news agency WAM, Obaid Salim al-Shamsi, vice president of the UAEFA, said: "It would have been better if AFC, out of deference to religious occasions, had chosen another day other than Tuesday, which marks the beginning of Eid al-Adha which is observed by all Muslims."
Al-Shamsi added that Tuesday's game in Hong Kong will not be an easy one but he remained confident that the national team will "make a positive achievement on the first days of Eid al-Adha".
The UAE tops their Asian Cup qualifying pool with two wins in two matches following 2-1 wins away to Vietnam and at home to Uzbekistan earlier this year.
After tomorrow's away game to Hong Kong, the UAE team will face Hong Kong and Vietnam at home next month before an away game with Uzbekistan next March.
The UAE only needs to finish in the group's top two to progress to the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.