Following their 3 – 1 win against Qatar on Thursday (August 31), Syria, coached by Ayman Hakim, takes on group leaders Iran tomorrow.
If South Korea beats Uzbekistan, Syria can still fight for a place during a two-round match against whoever comes third in the other Asian group in the World Cup qualifiers, currently held by Australia.
The chaotic situation in Syria has prevented the team from hosting matches in their home country, a decision officially handed down by Fifa.
FIFA, which officially takes a strong stand against political interference in football, has controversially remained silent regarding Assad and his team’s bond.
The debate on whether football and politics can be completely set apart is not new and it remains an issue for Syria’s forthcoming match against Iran, which could, after all, grant the team a ticket to Russia 2018.
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