SYDNEY, Nov. 17 (NsNewsWire) — Australia’s football coach has set his sights on the world game’s ultimate glory as the squad prepares to face Bangladesh in Dhaka in the next qualifying game amid unprecedented security over terror fears, reports Xinhua
“I’d like to win the World Cup. I think most people will see that as a crazy statement right now but I’ve got three years to go for it, you never know,” Ange Postecoglou told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
Postecoglou has been credited with bringing the local side from the dark depths of despair to a team that has made commentators proud to be an Australian for their capacity to stand up to any team without fear.
“I wanted to lead an attacking team. That sat better with me as a person, my personality,” Postecoglou said of his managing style.
The Australian squad is currently camped in Singapore, after defeating Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in Canberra last week, as they prepare to face Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday amid heightened security.
The World Cup qualifier is crucial for the Socceroos, currently ranked seconded to Jordan in their group, as they cannot afford to forfeit three points by failing to fulfill a fixture.
Bangladesh authorities have confirmed “unprecedented” security measures will be rolled out for the visiting Socceroos, including sealing off local markets while sniffer dogs and bomb disposal units will be deployed at the stadium.
“The security for the match will be at unprecedented level — much higher than any other international matches ever held in Bangladesh,” Maruf Hasan, Dhaka‘s deputy police chief said.
The Nov. 17 fixture in Dhaka was originally thrown into down after the Australian cricket team cancelled their tour to Bangladesh over security fears, while Australia’s soccer officials had voiced their concerns to the game’s governing body FIFIA.
The cricket team’s tour was cancelled after Australian officials issued a terror alert for the region, just days before attacks by Islamic State militants destroyed Shiite shrines and killed two foreign aid workers. Enditem