05 Sep '11, 9am

Football: Iraq coach Zico slams Singapore pitch

Football: Iraq coach Zico slams Singapore pitch

SINGAPORE: Iraq's new football coach Zico on Monday slammed the synthetic pitch at Singapore's Jalan Besar Stadium, saying it was not worthy of a World Cup qualifying match. The Brazilian legend is looking for a win on Tuesday to kickstart his team's qualifying campaign after they lost their first match. But he complained: "I don't like the field, the grass, because I think the good game is in the natural grass. "It's not professional, these middle games, the qualifiers of the World Cup needs the natural grass... "This is difficult for our team because the Iraq team has good technique, and now the field is not good for us, not good." Zico, who signed on as Iraq's coach eight days ago, repeated his gripe numerous times during a press conference in the city-state. The coach -- nicknamed the "White Pele" due to his prolific finishing record as a player -- also said his team w...

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