Ukraine has reportedly confirmed to be ready to resume world cup playoff against Scotland on June 1 despite their difficulties in their preparation.


FIFA and UEFA have set up the approved date for both teams this week along with the adjustment for their fixtures in UEFA Nations League 2022/23 since both Ukraine and Scotland happen to be grouped in B1 along with Republic of Ireland and Armenia. Wales' fixture is bound to be changed as well due to this playoff reschedule. The Dragons and the winner of Ukraine vs Scotland are squaring off on June 5, which was previously scheduled to be their game in Nations League.


Meanwhile, Ukraine seems to be striving their best to go or fighting for the last European ticket to Qatar, although their domestic league has not started since December following the winter break and the Russian invasion. The head coach Olexander Petrakov has named the initial 25-man squad and reportedly plan to assembled the team in Romania or Italy with the probable friendly match against France and North Macedonia.


However, there has been an update that they will be setting up a training camp in Slovenia instead after being invited by Slovenia Football Federation. The domestic-based players will be expected to leave the country on April 28 and live in Brdo Hotel for their training centre starting from April 29, whereas the foreign-based ones such as Manchester City man Olexander Zichenko, West Ham forward Andrey Yarmolenko, Benfica's Roman Yaremchuk and Everton wing back Vitalii Mykolenko shall be joining later after the league ends, except probably Zichenko who could be featuring on June 28, should his club reach the Champions League final.


These footballers have been given a compromise not to raise the arms for defending the nation as the government has introduced the martial law stating all men between the age of 16-60 must stay in the country to take part in the the military defence. Instead, they are expected to raise their spirit to qualify to World Cup final round for the sake of the nation's pride.


This could be a boost for Olexander Zichenko and Co and a nightmare for Scotland and Wales later. They have been waiting for long to return to the world cup finals. The Tartan Army last qualified in France 1998 while Wales' last World Cup appearance was in Sweden 1958! Ukraine themselves last made their way to world cup in Germany 2006, which was also their debut. Led by Andry Shevncheko, they managed to advance to the quarter final before losing out 3-0 to the eventual champion, Italy.


Meanwhile, here are the adjusted fixtures for UEFA Nations League 2021:


June 1

Group A4 - Poland vs Wales


June 4

B1 - Armenia vs Republic of Ireland


June 8

A4 - Wales vs Netherlands

B1 - Scotland vs Armenia

B1 - Republic of Ireland vs Ukraine


June 11

A4 - Wales vs Belgium


June 14

A4 - Netherlands vs Wales


September 21

B1 - Scotland vs Ukraine


September 24

B1 - Scotland vs Republic of Ireland

B1 - Armenia vs Ukraine


September 27

B1 - Republic of Ireland vs Armenia

B1 - Ukraine vs Scotland