YOU would think a team coming from Jordan would be used to Brisbane's searing heat.

Not so, according to coach and former England star Ray Wilkins, saying the humidity could be a major factor in his team's Asian Cup campaign.

Jordan arrived to a special welcome ceremony in the Queensland capital yesterday, before stepping out for a training session ahead of its first match against Iraq at Suncorp Stadium on Monday night.

"The humidity here will kill us.

"We are used to the heat - there's no problem with that in Jordan," Wilkins said.

"But we have a very dry heat.

"Here in Brisbane it will be wet, so we have to be prepared for that."

Jordan has lost six of its past seven lead-up matches and has drawn a tough group against favourites Japan, Palestine and 2007 champions Iraq.

But Wilkins, who earned 84 caps for England during a career with Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan, Rangers and Paris Saint-Germain, said he was confident of success.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't be confident. And if we approach the games in the right fashion then there's no reason why we shouldn't progress," he said.

Wilkins also spoke passionately about Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who will challenge FIFA boss Sepp Blatter for the presidency of the world football governing body.

"It's about time Blatter was challenged," Wilkins said.

"And I think everyone in world football is pleased someone will stand up and challenge this guy."



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