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Tunisian Maâloul takes charge of Syria

Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Damascus: The Syria Football Association has appointed Tunisian Nabil Maâloul as the national team head coach.

The former Tunisia head coach announced his role on social media, having arrived in Damascus on Sunday to discuss terms with the Syria FA.

“I’m glad to be assigned as head coach of the Syria national team and happy with the trust of the Syria Football Association,” said Maâloul in his Tweet. “Our main target will be to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.”

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The 57-year-old Maâloul replaces Fajr Ibrahim whose contract ended last December, having led Syria to the top of Group A of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Syria claimed five victories from as many games, and have a comfortable eight-point lead over China PR and Philippines.

The Qasioun Eagles still have three matches to play, with Maldives up next before away ties against Guam and China.

سعيد بتعييني مدربًا للمنتخب الوطني السوري ولثقة الاتحاد السوري لكرة القدم في شخصي وسيكون هدفنا الأول التأهل إلى مونديال قطر 2022 إن شاء الله

— Nabil Maaloul (@NabilMaaloul) March 10, 2020

Maâloul has extensive experience in Asian football, having coached Kuwait in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and 2015 AFC Asian Cup Finals.

He also took charge of Qatar clubs El Jaish in 2014 and Al Duhail last season. He guided Tunisia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Photo: AFP

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