Give World Cup to Australia, says Palestine boss
Palestine coach Ahmad Alhasan on Monday showered praise on Asian Cup hosts Australia and said they should be allowed to hold the World Cup.
Sydney: Palestine coach Ahmad Alhasan on Monday showered praise on Asian Cup hosts Australia and said they should be allowed to hold the World Cup.
Australia lost their bid to hold the 2022 World Cup, missing out to Qatar, whose nomination has been shrouded in controversy amid allegations of corruption.
Palestine are appearing at the Asian Cup for the first time and are on the brink of a group-stage exit after losing 4-0 to favourites Japan and 5-1 to Jordan.
But Alhasan said the tournament had given his young side invaluable experience, and he was generous in his praise of the hosts.
"I think Australia has the capacity and capability to even host the World Cup, not just the Asian Cup," Alhasan said.
"They have the infrastructure, they have also the team, the determination, everything you need to organise a tournament like the World Cup."
The year`s edition is likely to go down as one of the most successful Asian Cups, with no draws so far in 22 games and attendances soaring past the 300,000-mark.
"Everything we have seen -- from the stadiums to the hotels to the organisation, everybody involved in Australia should be proud," said Alhasan.
Palestine play Iraq in their final group D game in Canberra on Tuesday with little but pride at stake for the territory.