Both India and UAE have played 13 matches against each other and UAE has emerged triumphant on eight occasions while India has won just three of them, two of those encounters have been draws.
Hakeem led Syria during the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Syria reached the regional play-off before losing to the Socceroos.
A win for India will secure them a spot in the next round, which would be a historic moment for the side which doesn't have a great record in the Asian Cup, while a win for the hosts will also bring them closer to qualification.
India won their opening game against Thailand 4-1 and are now holding the first position in the group due to the more significant goal difference.
Rajevac was replaced by Sirisak Yodyadthai, who was at the helm as Thailand bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bahrain in Dubai.
The Central Bank of the UAE has minted 1,000 silver coins, which are worth 50 dirhams each, as part of the footballing festivities.
India will clash with hosts UAE on Thursday in their second Group A match in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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Earlier on Thursday, Mr Pompeo met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, on the third leg of his Middle East tour. Trump's December 19th announcement that USA forces would be leaving Syria left a trail of disarray in its wake.
"The Syrian Arab Football Federation has chose to dismiss coach Bernd Stange", said a statement on the organisation's Facebook page, adding that former national coach Fajr Ibrahim would take charge for the final Group B game against Australia. We all hoped to win to satisfy the fans.
"As a coach, I have an experience of more than 35 years". Udanta laid it off for Sunil Chhetri on his left and continued to dash forward.
UAE will play a typical 4-2-3-1 formation they will be direct in their approach and will try to exploit India with their physicality.
UAE were criticised for their finishing last game as they wasted a few very good chances in their last game hence star striker Ahmed Khalil who was a substitute in their last game can be expected to return to the line-up to.
The Asian Cup is now being hosted in the UAE, with 24 teams aiming to be crowned champions of the continent. With India facing a very strong opposition a lot will depend on him to win balls in the midfield and break attacks.
In Abu Dhabi, Khalfan Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout were on target for the Emiratis, who were fortunate to scrape a 1-1 draw in their curtain-raiser against Bahrain after a controversial late penalty last Saturday. Mabkhout had a bad game against Bahrain but will look for redemption against India. He is a traditional winger and is known for his crosses inside the box. "We have a tough game against UAE but we will fight till the end and get the result we need".