The head of the General Sports Federation, the highest sports authority in Syria, Firas Maalla, criticized the coach of the Tunisian football team, Nabil Maaloul, and demanded him to resign after the 1-3 loss to China, yesterday, Tuesday, in Sharjah, in the last round of the second round of the Asian double qualifiers qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and World Cup. Asia 2023.
Despite Syria’s top position in Group A and its qualification to the Asian Cup finals and to the decisive third round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, Moalla criticized the team’s level in a statement to AFP, “I demand that Nabil Maaloul resign, as he did not provide any addition to the team.”
Maaloul had told Sham FM radio that Maaloul’s continuation “is the responsibility of the Football Association… and there is a disregard for some players, and Maaloul does not deserve the money.”
The Syrian Football Association had contracted Maaloul for two seasons in March 2020 for one million euros, with 280,000 euros to be paid when signing the contract and the rest in installments of up to thirty thousand euros per month, with other additions, including a bonus of 83,000 euros when the team qualified for the next stage. of the double qualifiers, and 10% of the qualification bonus that the Syrian Federation receives from the International Federation (FIFA) if it qualifies for the World Cup.
However, the Syrian Football Association was unable to pay Maaloul’s accumulated salaries, due to the seizure of his frozen funds in the International and Asian Federations, in implementation of Caesar’s sanctions.
Maaloul took over the training of the Syrian national team, succeeding the local coach, Fajr Ibrahim, who achieved five consecutive victories in the double qualifiers, and left Maaloul to complete the qualifiers in the remaining matches against the Maldives, Guam and China.
On the other hand, a unified tweet launched by a number of the team’s players, such as Mahmoud Al-Mawas, Osama Omri, Amr Al-Maidani, Mardik Mardakian and Ibrahim Alama, on their personal pages on social networking sites sparked controversy after the loss to China and said, “We will remain a victim of struggles. Congratulations to qualify,” without Indicate what these conflicts are.
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