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China football chief consoles players after shock Syria upset

Beijing (AFP) – The chief of China’s football association has told the country’s players not to lose their confidence, after the team’s embarrassing loss to war-torn Syria jeopardised hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The national side’s 0-1 defeat Thursday before a home crowd of 40,000 in the northern Chinese city of Xi’an had enraged fans, spurring many to call for the sacking of China’s football association president Cai Zhenhua.
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