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    Fil-Iranian midfield ace Omid Nazari willing to play for Azkals if given chance

    Feb 7, 2016
    Omid Nazari scored a hat-trick in Global FC's win over Pasargad. Jerome Ascano

    OMID Nazari wasted little time in showing his quality in Global FC’s 7-0 demolition of Pasargad in its United Football League Cup opener on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

    And the Filipino-Iranian Sweden-born standout is also quick to embrace the Azkals responsibility if ever he gets a call-up from national coach Thomas Dooley.

    One thing that’s preventing Nazari is that he has already represented Iran in the senior level.

    Even so, the 24-year-old Swedish League veteran is still eligible to switch allegiance since the matches he played in were not Fifa sanctioned.

    “I’m willing to think about (making the switch),” Nazari said after the match against Pasargad. “Everyone wants to play big international games, so we’ll see.”

    The 6-foot attacking midfielder immediately made an impact, assisting on Hikaru Minegish’s goal 15 minutes in before getting on the score sheet himself with a mid-range conversion off Misagh Bahadoran in the 39th minute.

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    He ended up with a hat-trick in his debut.

    “Omid gives us a little extra dimension in that role we’ve asked him to play, so now it’s a case of making sure he can do that for ninety minutes,” Global coach Leigh Manson said.

    “There’s no question his understanding and knowledge of the game is very high and his attitude in training and what we can show some of the younger boys,” he added.

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    The national team has seen an influx of new talent last year, but it definitely won’t hurt to have Nazari on board as well.

    But for now, his focus is on Global.

    “It’s a challenge for me. I have to adapt,” Nazari said. “But it’s a good start for me, so I feel confident now. I’ll keep training hard and do my best.”

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    Omid Nazari scored a hat-trick in Global FC's win over Pasargad. Jerome Ascano
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