been given official clearance by the Asian Football Confederation to
field three European-based players in this weekend's World Cup qualifier
The decision will allow coach Mohammed Kwid to hand striker
Sanharib Malki of Belgian side
Germinal Beerschot, Sweden-based defender
Ilyas Merkes of Assyriska and midfielder
Louay Chanko of Hammarby their
international debuts in Kuwait City.
Malki enjoyed a prolific season in the Belgian league in 2007/08,
finishing joint top scorer with 16 goals as Germinal Beerschot finished
Syria beat Kuwait 1-0 in Damascus on Monday and currently share top spot
in Group Five of the Asian World Cup qualifiers with the United Arab
Emirates with five points from three games.
Louay Chanko, one time Syrianska player, is off with an injured foot and
can is forced go home from the national team camp.
When opportunities to play for the Swedish national team vanished, Louay
“Lolo” Chanko took the opportunity to play football for another national
team – in the country where he has his roots. He decided himself to
leave Hammarby and went to Syria in order to try to play himself a place
in the Syrian football national team.
But now he has to wait for the injured foot to heal. According to
Swedish News Agency he has been forced to rehabilitation training for
the entire week and then can train with a Syrian club if the foot holds.
But, I will not risk anything, Chanko says. When I came down I knew I
was injured, I will be sensible and will play only when I am 100%, not
60, he says.
Chanko is not the only Assyrian player from Södertälja in the national
team camp in Syria. Also Assyriska's middle Defense Elias Merkes is in
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