It is often said that a good goalkeeper can be worth half a team or even more, and that certainly applies to Jordan’s captain Amer Shafi. The veteran shot-stopper remains a source of confidence and optimism for his compatriots, as their national team gets ready to host Australia on Thursday in Matchday 4 of the Asian qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
“We’ve beaten them before and have the motivation and spirit to do it again,” Shafi said. “Nothing is impossible.” Fully aware of his role as a captain, particularly in the build-up, Shafi sounded nothing if not composed.
“On the road to a World Cup, there are no easy matches, so you have to respect every opponent and simply do your best,” Shafi said. “Yes, Australia are a very strong team and boast quality players, but this should only motivate us to perform well and achieve the best possible result.”
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