TEHRAN, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Iran got their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign off to a disappointing start when they were held to a 0-0 draw by part-timers Syria on Wednesday.
The three-times Asian Cup winners failed to score for a
fifth successive game, despite being at full strength and having
the advantage of their imposing Azadi stadium.
Iran, three-times World Cup qualifiers, are still without a
coach, with former Spain boss Javier Clemente stalling on
signing a contract.
Surprise third round qualifiers Syria ditched their Italian
coach Antonio Cabrini last month after failing to secure funding
for his salary.
Iran and Syria contest the all-Middle East Group Five with
the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, who play later on Wednesday
in Abu Dhabi.