With the international break over fans will be over the moon to get back to watching their clubs play, but for the Syria national team they will have a lot to think about with the thought of playing in the next world cup become much more real. The middle eastern country sit comfortably 4th in their group with 3 games left to play in the third round. Ultimately with this great opportunity become ever more real the nation has been turning heads in the football world for good reasons, and with this attention football fans around the world will be introduced to some great players. One of whom is Al-Hilal Winger Omar Kharbin who has been ever-present in the nation team in their journey to the world cup.
The 23-year-old has so far scored 8 goals in the qualification rounds, including a sublime 90th minute Panenka penalty to beat Uzbekistan, who are currently one place ahead of them in their group. However, this fantastic form doesn’t just sit for his country and his form for his club has been just as brilliant. Signing on loan to Al-Hilal from Al Dhafra in January, Kharbin has scored 4 goals and got 1 assist in 4 starts including an all-important goal to give his side the lead against fellow title challengers Al-Ittihad. This return is incredible for someone who has had little time to adapt to Saudi Arabian football and he has to be given mass amounts of credit for this. Furthermore, all his goals and assists have been decisive ones in each of the game he has played.
The former Al-Wahda player has been extremely prolific throughout his footballing career. In the past 3 seasons the left winger has scored 30 goals in 42 games which is incredible for a wide player and also his prolific form does not stop there. For country, he has bagged himself 14 goals in 33 games which has made him a focal point for Syria with the absence of the country’s most prolific player, Omar Al-Somah. Still at a young age of 23, Omar Kharbin has a big career ahead of him if he manages to keep up his prolific ability and if he does it would only be fair if the big clubs came calling. the Saudi Pro League is the best place for him to continue developing as a player and the league will be a great stepping stone for him to reach the next level due to the exposure in the Asian Champions League. also, if he can take this underdog side to the next world cup then he and all those involved in the side should be given tonnes of credit. With just 3 games left there is still a big possibility that they can make it to Russia so we will just have to wait and see but I for one would be buzzing to see this side representing their country at the world biggest competition.