News ID: 316715
Published: 0356 GMT September 28, 2021

Iran coach Nazemasharieh rues lack of preparation after Futsal World Cup exit

Iran coach Nazemasharieh rues lack of preparation after Futsal World Cup exit

Iran manager Mohammad Nazemasharieh (C) looks on as his team plays Kazakhstan at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Kaunas, Lithuania, on September 27, 2021.

Sports Desk

Iran head coach Mohammad Nazemasharieh believes lack of training camps and friendly fixtures ahead of the FIFA Futsal World Cup cost his team at the competition.

The Asian powerhouse was knocked out at the last-eight round in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Monday after suffering a 3-2 defeat against Kazakhstan.

Goals by Moslem Olad-Qobad and Ahmad Esameilpour saw Iran take a two-goal lead in the first half before the European side, inspired by Brazilian-born keeper Leo Higuita, fought back in the second period, courtesy of an Alireza Samimi’s own goal coupled with strikes from Arnold Knaub and Taynan, who is also of Brazilian origin.

Speaking to IRIB TV3 after the match, Nazemasharieh said, “We had literally done nothing for the team in the past two years, except for a training camp and a couple of friendlies in Belarus right before the tournament kicked off.”

When asked about his team’s overall performance in Lithuania, the Iranian said, “I believe we adopted a proper tactical approach since the first match against Serbia. We were good in the attacking phase throughout the competition, as we scored through different tactics, specifically against Uzbekistan [in the round of 16].

“Futsal is a game of decisive moments and that’s where we came short against Kazakhstan,” added Nazemasharieh who had led the country to a third-spot finish in the tournament in the previous edition.

The Iranian also blamed some refereeing decisions in the second half, most notably the free-kick awarded to Kazakhstan which led to the equalizer.

Nazemasharieh also acknowledged the average age of his team is high, and more work needs to be done in the youth level to have more backup players, though he was full of praise for the “golden generation of the Iranian futsal”, which has represented the country in the major tournaments over the past six years.



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