(L-R) Syrian football association unknown official, head coach Fajr Ibrahim, and midfielder Osama Omari attend a news conference at a hotel in Singapore, November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Patrick Johnston
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Syria coach Fajr Ibrahim dedicated his side's World Cup victory over Singapore Tuesday to embattled President Bashar Assad and his compatriots in the war-torn country in another news conference with political edge.Ibrahim wore a white T-shirt of a smiling Assad to a prematch news conference Monday but his white shirt was well covered by a team tracksuit before, during and after Tuesday's match.Syria, who have never qualified for a World Cup and play their home games in Oman because of the ongoing conflict, are one point behind Japan in Group E with only a home game against winless Cambodia and trip to the Samurai Blue to come in March.
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