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Three Assyrian Players trying out with the Syrian National

June 6, 2008

 

Syria have been given official clearance by the Asian Football Confederation to field three European-based players in this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Kuwait.
 
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 fifth.
 
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 the camp.


SANHARIB MALKI SABAH


ILYAS MERKES


LOUAY CHANKO

   

Information sources: Assyrian Voice Network and The World Game Network

 


 
 
 
 

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