Saudi Arabia's legendary captain Majed Abdullah has been named national team general manager on Tuesday by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.
The announcement was made after consultations between Turki al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Authority for Sport, and Adel Ezzat, president of the Saudi Football Federation resulted in the appointment.
In a statement al-Sheikh said that the appointment of Saudi Arabia's historic top goal scorer in charge was because Saudi Arabia must go with all its strength to Russia to achieve aspirations.
Abdullah, 58, played for the Saudi national team 116 times between 1977 and 1994 scoring 71 goals. He captained the national team in its first world cup appearance in USA '94 where the team reached the round of 16 after beating Morocco and Belgium and narrowly losing 2-1 to Holland.
Saudi Arabia directly qualified to Russia 2018 after beating Japan in Jeddah on September 5 along with South Korea, Iran and Japan under Dutch coach Bert van Marwik.