Jordan coach stresses need to beat Australia, make up for Kuwait tie

National team coach, Vital Borkelmans.
National team coach, Vital Borkelmans. (Photo: JFA)
AMMAN — First-division national team coach Vital Borkelmans said defeating Australia is Jordan’s only way to securing a spot in the final round of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers and the 2023 Asia Cup finals in China.اضافة اعلان

In a press conference following the Kingdom (0-0) tie with Kuwait — held at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium — Borkelmans said: “The team did not perform as they should have in the first half as they seemed nervous and relied heavily on long passes. They picked up the pace in the second half and had several opportunities but we simply were not lucky enough to score and win the match point.”

He added: Things are now clear for all to see. We need to win our next match against Austrial to qualify to the next round. We tried hard to score a few points against Kuwait but failed; so we need to make up for it in the next match.”

The national team maintained its position as runner up in Group B of the qualifiers (14pts.), while Australia kept its distant lead (21pts.) and Kuwait has left the competition, coming in third (11pts.).

In a show of support, HRH Crown Prince Hussein spoke to the team via video conference, in the attendance of HRH Prince Ali, assuring the team of Jordanians’ full support and highlighting the importance of winning their next match against Australia, according to a statement published on the Jordan Football Association’s website.

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