International Soccer: Temporary coach, nothing to lose mark

Israel visits Romania on Wednesday night in an international friendly it would have happily done without.

March 3, 2010 05:53
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International Soccer: Temporary coach, nothing to lose mark

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Israel visits Romania on Wednesday night in an international friendly it would have happily done without.

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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 meaningless encounter.

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 the sideline.

“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 qualifier.

“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.”

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