Syria sack Stange after winless start in Asian Cup

Dubai: 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 coached Syria in three stints, the last of which ended in March 2016.
Stange, 70, had come out of retirement last year to take charge of Syria and nearly secured a maiden entry into the World Cup finals before a playoff defeat by Australia ended their hopes. — Reuters