Syria coach Nizar Mahrous quits after Fifa disqualifies the Red Eagles from 2014 World Cup qualifying

The 48-year-old coach says he has lost the will and power to work after the West Asian nation were kicked out of World Cup qualifying by Fifa for fielding an ineligible player
Syria coach Nizar Mahrous has quit his post after his nation were disqualified from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers by Fifa this week.

The West Asian nation were eliminated from their third round World Cup qualifying group after the Fifa Disciplinary Committee found them to have fielded an ineligible player in their second round tie against Tajikistan.

George Mourad, who had previously played for the Swedish national team, played in both legs of the tie against Tajikistan which Syria had won easily 6-1 on aggregate.

Fifa's Disciplinary Committee overturned the result, giving Tajikistan a 6-0 aggregate victory and replacing Syria with the Central Asian nation in Group C of the third round of qualifiers.

The decision, which according to Fifa regulations is final and not subject to an appeal, has left Mahrous shattered.

“I have lost the will and power to work after all that has happened,” Mahrous said in Syrian press. “All the efforts we did have been wasted.”

The 48-year-old former national team striker had taken over as Syria coach in May after the Red Eagles finished third in Group B at the 2011 Asian Cup under Romanian Valeriu Tita.