Mabil: I’m afraid for Asian Cup opponent
AWER Mabil is scared on Syria’s behalf.
Because he’s backing the Socceroos for another emphatic Asian Cup victory in Wednesday morning’s final group game.
Australia needs a win or draw against Syria to seal second spot in Group B behind Jordan and guarantee passage to the round of 16, where they would likely play Uzbekistan or Oman.
A loss, coupled with a Jordan win over Palestine, will leave them third and hoping to progress as one of the four best third-placed teams.
There’s also an element of intrigue to Syria, who sacked former Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange after Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Jordan.
“We’re not worried about them,” Mabil said.
“If they sacked their coach, they sacked their coach. We are focusing on us. I’m afraid for them, because we want to make statements.
“We want to build on from this game and that’s what we’re going to prepare now – we’re going to make sure we’re 100 per cent against Syria.”
Awer Mabil, left, fights off Palestine's Musab Battat during the Asian Cup Group B game