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Felda's Djulbic confident that Australia can get past Syria

11:44 PM EDT 10/4/17
Dino Djulbic - Australia - Socceroos
Dino Djulbic will be cheering his fellow Australian on when the Socceroos take on Syria in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup play-off

Felda United's Dino Djulbic will be keeping a close eye on the Syria versus Australia World Cup play-off that will coincidentally be played in the same country that the 34-year-old Australian is currently plying his trade in.

Aussies 7/10 to beat Syria

The centre back who joined The Fighters midway through the 2017 season and with two previous international caps with the Australia national team, is hoping that the country he supports will get a bit of luck in the play-off match to be played in Melaka.

Training with Felda has curtailed his hopes of being there at Hang Jebat Stadium to cheer his countrymen on but Djulbic is positive that the Socceroos will eventually get over the line against Syria.

"I always follow being Australian and having played for the team before, I always keep tabs on them. I watch as many games as possible and hopefully tonight we'll have some luck."

"We were very unlucky and just too many draws. It is not as easy to qualify any more because all the other Asian countries have caught up. There's no more easy games as you can see. I'm sure they are going to qualify. I think we're going to do the job," said Djulbic to Goal.

Australia only finished third in the final group stage of the Asian qualifier, behind Japan and Saudi Arabia which has led to calls for the Football Federation of Australia to look into the future of Ange Postecoglu as the national team head coach.

However Djulbic remains confident in the qualities of Postecoglu and having been part of the squad in the qualifiers of the 2014 World Cup, knows that it is not an easy task to be performing well throughout such a long qualification period. 

"I think when he took over, he knew what he wanted. He wanted to play good football and he's been doing that. Of course some results haven't gone his way but even Brazil have bad results sometimes. He's in the right track and he's the right person to do the job. There has been critics and that's normal if you don't qualify automatic," added Djulbic.

Despite not being able to be at the stadium, Djulbic will be watching with interest in front of the television screen hoping that his country will be able to get a good first leg result that will eventually get Australia through to their fourth consecutive World Cup finals appearance.