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Asian Cup: Syria sack head coach Bernd Stange, bring back Fajr Ibrahim

Syria have sacked head coach Bernd Stange after a 2-0 Asian Cup defeat by Jordan on Thursday left their qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

Syria, who were held to a goalless draw in their first group game against Palestine, are third in Group B and could find themselves bottom if Australia beat Palestine on Friday.

"The Syrian Arab Football Federation has decided to dismiss coach Bernd Stange and appoint Fajr Ibrahim," the Syrian FA said in a statement.

Former player Ibrahim had previously...

Rwanda coach Antoine Hey refuses to end Syria speculation

Rwanda coach Antoine Hey has refused to end speculation linking him with a move to join the Syrian national team, and has told KweséESPN that he will consider the options available to him after the African Nations Championship.

Rwanda have been one of the surprise packages of the ongoing CHAN in Morocco, holding Nigeria 0-0 in their first game before beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in Tanger on Friday.

They will advance to the quarter finals if they avoid defeat against Libya next week, although...

 By Paul Murphy

Vietnam join Malaysia in quarterfinals of AFC U23 Championship

Thai stars Teerasil Dangda, Teerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin out on loan to the J-League for the 2018 season.
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Vietnam survived a second onslaught from Syria to claim the point they needed to join Malaysia in the AFC U23 quarterfinals in China.

The two nations progressed to the last eight, while 2016 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champions Thailand were eliminated.

A goalless draw was enough for the Vietnamese to finish the group as runners-up to South Korea -- the home country of their head coach Park Hang-Seo.

The Koreans survived a fightback from Australia to win Group D's other game 3-2. South Korea now...

Omar Khrbin and Son Heung-Min win prizes at AFC awards

Al Hilal and Syria striker Omar Khrbin was named the AFC Player of the Year at the Asian Football Confederation's annual awards in Bangkok on Wednesday, with Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min scooping the international award.

Khrbin, who finished as top scorer in the 2017 AFC Champions League and whose goals took Syria to the verge of qualifying for their first-ever World Cup finals, claimed the title ahead of last year's winner, United Arab Emirates' Omar Abdulrahman, and China's Wu Lei.

The win...

Matildas' star Sam Kerr finalist for top Asian player of 2017

Australia's Sam Kerr is on the three-player shortlist for the Asian Women's Player of the Year, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Saturday.

Kerr was controversially excluded from the final list of nominees for FIFA equivalent award in September, despite a stellar season for the Matildas and Perth Glory. Japan's Saki Kumagai and Sung Hyang-Sim of North Korea are also on the shortlist, but Kerr is the front runner to win the top prize.

The 24-year-old's exclusion from the final shortlist...