Syria pushes to qualify for World Cup for first time

Syria’s national soccer team, will play its latest World Cup qualifier on Wednesday when it faces Japan.

The Syrians’ success has been achieved despite losing players who have fled the country for security reasons.

    “We come from all aspects of Syria,” team captain Abdulrazak Al Husein said last week. “Whether you are a Christian or a Muslim or any sector of Islam we’re all one family, we’re playing for one team, one country.”

The Syrian players have managed to produce quality performances on the field, thrashing Afghanistan and Cambodia 6-0 and defeating Singapore 1-0 in Oman.

Syria is ranked No. 123 in the world but looks to be in good shape to finish in the top two in its qualifying pool. That would place it among the final 12 Asian teams left in contention.

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