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Israel visits Romania on Wednesday night in an international friendly it would have happily done without.
The match was originally supposed to be a warm-up game ahead of the
World Cup, but with Israel failing miserably in its attempt to reach
its first World Cup final in 40 years, it has turned into a truly
Making matters even worse is the fact that Israel still has no
permanent replacement for outgoing coach Dror Kashtan, with the
under-19 Israel coach, Eli Ohana, being promoted for one match to man
“I’m the under-19 coach and only because of the situation which
developed with Kashtan I was asked to guide the senior team,” Ohana
said on Tuesday.
“After I complete this mission I will return to
my regular job. As for the future, I may one day guide the national
team again, but for the moment I’m only here for one match.”
Israel, which was placed in Group F of Euro
2012 qualification with Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Georgia and Malta,
will begin its campaign in September, but Bolton midfielder Tamir Cohen
is hoping Wednesday’s match can help the side prepare for its first
“We may have failed to reach the
World Cup, but that doesn’t mean Kashtan didn’t do a good job,” said
Cohen, who also thanked Kashtan for his work with the national team.
“We will have to prepare ourselves for the upcoming campaign in the
best way possible so that we can erase our World Cup failure.”