The Syrian Football Association announced the selection of Nizar Mahrous to supervise the first national team, replacing resigned Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul.
The Federation said in a statement that: After the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Syrian Football Association, and after studying and discussing the names proposed by the technical department, the National Teams Committee and the Coaches Committee in the Federation, and after communicating with the proposed names, it was decided to appoint Nizar Mahrous as the technical director of the men’s team.
Mahrous, 58, is considered one of the most prominent stars of the game in Syria, and represented the Syrian national team as a player for about 12 years in the eighties and nineties, before moving to training after his retirement, where he supervised several local clubs in addition to the first Syrian team in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
He worked in several Arab clubs in Lebanon, Jordan, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and achieved several titles with Jordan Youth Club, most notably the AFC Cup, while he led the Iraqi Erbil to win the local league championship and the AFC Cup runner-up.
The member of the Football Association and the head of the National Teams Committee, Abdul Qader Kardaghli, revealed that Mahrous was chosen unanimously, explaining: The National Teams Committee, the Coaches Committee and the Technical Administration of the Federation, after communicating with the three nominated coaches (Nizar Mahrous, Hossam Al-Sayed and Ayman Hakim), decided to choose Al-Mahroos to lead the team. In a telephone conversation with AFP at his place of residence in Jordan, Mahrous acknowledged the difficulty of his task, but seemed optimistic at the same time.
He said, “It is a difficult national task, but our team will be a difficult number despite the lack of time, and we will try fiercely to compete with our group’s teams in the decisive qualifying role for the Qatar World Cup. We hope that our team will be able to conduct several friendly matches and a training camp to achieve harmony between the players.”
Mahrous stressed that he “does not veto” any of the players: We need all the distinguished players, including Omar Khribin, who will be among the team’s players.
Syria fell in Group A during the decisive third round of qualifying for the World Cup, along with the teams of Iran, South Korea, the Emirates, Iraq and Lebanon.
Maaloul had confirmed that he had officially submitted his resignation from coaching the Syrian national team, which was not a result of the moment, and that he had been free from any association with the Syrian Football Association since last April.
Despite Syria’s top position in its group and its qualification to the Asian Cup finals and to the decisive third round to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, the head of the General Sports Federation, Firas Maalla, criticized the level of the team and demanded that Maaloul resign because he “did not provide any addition to the team.”
The Syrian Football Association had contracted with Maaloul in March 2020 for one million euros, to be paid 280,000 euros when signing the contract, and the rest in installments of up to thirty thousand euros per month, with other additions, including a bonus of 83,000 euros when the team qualified for the next stage of the double qualifiers. .
However, the Syrian Football Association was unable to pay Maaloul’s accumulated salaries, due to the seizure of his funds frozen in the International and Asian Federations in implementation of the sanctions.
Maaloul took over the training of the Syrian national team, succeeding the local coach, Fajr Ibrahim, who achieved five consecutive victories in the double qualifiers, and left Tunisia to complete the qualifiers in the remaining matches against the Maldives, Guam and China.
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