Palestine international Mahmoud Eid remained proud of his country’s accomplishments on Sunday night despite a 4-0 loss to Japan in the 2015 Asian Cup.
The 21-year-old, who plays for third-division Nykopings BIS in Sweden, relished the opportunity to play against the defending continental champions.
“We want to show the world that Palestine is good and not just war and bombs,” Eid said after the match. “It’s different when we can raise our flag and sing our national anthem.
“It was amazing to show the whole world that we can play in the competition, I think everyone in Palestine is proud to see us play here.”
The 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners were perhaps lucky to draw the Samurai Blue first before facing Jordan and Iraq, the attacker proposed.
“I’ve played 5-6 years with the national team; this was the best team we’ve ever faced,” Eid elaborated. “We know our problems and what we have to work on, and I think we’ll be better than that.
“Today was tough but Japan are the best team here, and I know they’re going to win this tournament. We have to raise our heads and prepare for the next two games.”
The Strivers will continue their Cinderella-esque journey when they play Jordan in Melbourne, followed by a Group D closer against Iraq in Canberra.