International Soccer: Temporary coach, nothing to lose mark

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

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 theWorld Cup, but with Israel failing miserably in its attempt to reachits first World Cup final in 40 years, it has turned into a trulymeaningless encounter.

Making matters even worse is the fact that Israel still has nopermanent replacement for outgoing coach Dror Kashtan, with theunder-19 Israel coach, Eli Ohana, being promoted for one match to manthe sideline.

“I’m the under-19 coach and only because of the situation whichdeveloped with Kashtan I was asked to guide the senior team,” Ohanasaid on Tuesday.

“After I complete this mission I will return tomy regular job. As for the future, I may one day guide the nationalteam again, but for the moment I’m only here for one match.”

Israel, which was placed in Group F of Euro2012 qualification with Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Georgia and Malta,will begin its campaign in September, but Bolton midfielder Tamir Cohenis hoping Wednesday’s match can help the side prepare for its firstqualifier.



“We may have failed to reach theWorld Cup, but that doesn’t mean Kashtan didn’t do a good job,” saidCohen, who also thanked Kashtan for his work with the national team.“We will have to prepare ourselves for the upcoming campaign in thebest way possible so that we can erase our World Cup failure.”