Ma­bil: I’m afraid for Asian Cup op­po­nent

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - EMMA KEMP

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.”

Pic­ture: AFP/KARIM SAHIB

Awer Ma­bil, left, fights off Pales­tine's Musab Bat­tat dur­ing the Asian Cup Group B game

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