09 Oct '11, 11pm

Jalan Besar stadium draws fresh criticism, this time from Jordan coach, who said it's 'not meant for football'

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Jordan's footballers training at Jalan Besar stadium on Sunday. The artificial turf was slammed by their coach Adnan Hamad. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN By Sanjay Nair Jordan coach Adnan Hamad has lashed out at the 6,000-capacity Jalan Besar Stadium, saying it is too small to host a World Cup qualifier and its synthetic pitch is unsuitable for football. 'It's a different feeling for me; World Cup qualifiers should be played in big stadiums and on a grass field,' he said ahead of tomorrow's clash against Singapore. This is not the first time the artificial turf at Jalan Besar has come under attack from visiting teams. Last month, Zico, the Brazilian legend who is now Iraq's coach, condemned it as being suitable only for school children. For all the criticism, Jalan Besar remains the only venue certified by both world football body Fifa and the Asian Football Confederation to st...

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