UAE are one of the teams with a shouting chance of making it to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Due to the proximity of the World Cup competition, UAE are very keen on qualification even if it would mean that they break their embargo with Qatar in order to participate in the actual event. Back in the 2018 qualification campaign, UAE were unable to reach the finals after finishing only fourth in the final rounds of the qualifiers for Asian teams.
Mabkhout has been an influential figure in making sure that UAE have a fighting chance of getting out of group G. The Middle East outfit are three points behind Malaysia in the second spot, which will give an opportunity to reach the next round. The top team will qualify automatically, but Vietnam in the first spot are five points again. The realistic target for UAE will be to take points off Malaysia and Thailand in the next few rounds to reach the third round of qualification.