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Ayman al-Hakim

Syrian coach Hakim resigns after World Cup defeat

DAMASCUS: Syrian coach Ayman al-Hakim on Thursday resigned after the head of the federation criticised his performance after the team failed to qualify for its first ever World Cup. Syria's hopes to qualify for the Asian playoffs in October for a spot in the 2018 World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia. The Syrian football federation did not immediately accept Syrian coach Hakim's resignation but is due to issue a statement in the next few days, a federation official said. "After the recent remarks…