Al Enzi: We are ready for Australia

November's Gulf Cup saw Kuwait start well with a 1-0 win over Iraq, a 2-2 draw with the United Arab Emirates before missing out on a place in the knockout stage with a 5-0 loss to Oman.

Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul has only been in charge of Kuwait for three weeks but this does not faze the experienced defender.

"The Gulf Cup has finished and we have forgotten about it and we hope to learn our lessons from it," the 31-year-old Al Enzi told reporters.

"The preparation period was short. The coach tried his best in this short period to make any changes, but the most important thing the coach concentrated on was the psychological side of the players."

Al Enzi acknowledged that today’s (Friday) opening match will be tough due to Australia being the hosts of the event.

"The first match is always difficult, especially as we will play Australia in the first match. But we hope for success," said Al Enzi.

"As the host we expect them to press from the start. They are also a good team so we expect pressure and for them to attack," he added.