Last updated: 30 August, 2014

Wanderers head to Dubai to prepare for AFC Champions League semi-final

Western Sydney Wanderers leave for Dubai Sunday for a 10-day training camp ahead of their AFC Champions League semi-final with FC Seoul.

Following their ACL quarter-finals win over Chinese defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande this week, the Wanderers have planned an intensive schedule at the NAD Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai.

The private facility of Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai, has been used by Manchester United and is booked for use by a number of UEFA Champions League and international teams in the coming year.

The Sydney-based team, only the second Australian team to reach the last four of the ACL, will also play the East Riffa club and Al Jazira FC in Abu Dhabi.

“This season we are competing on a number of fronts and the opportunity to train at the NAD Al Sheba Sports Complex offers us conditions we have not yet experienced in a high performance environment used by some of the biggest teams in world football,” Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said.

“We need to acclimate to all the conditions that we may be required to play in whether that be during the hot summer months of the (Australia) A-League or the AFC Champions League.”

The Wanderers return home from their Dubai pre-season on September 10.