Palestinian Coach Leads Team to Victory Over Phone

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Amjad Baker 

For the first time ever, a soccer coach led his team to victory over the telephone. Palestinian coach Jamal Harb was determined to overcome all obstacles caused by the Israeli authorities when they did not allow him to travel with his team Khadamat Rafah to Hebron to play one of their seasonal match with their Thahrieh's counterpart, Al-Ayyam daily newspaper reported. 

Although far from the stadium, he managed to direct his team through a phone call to his assistant Baha' Abaza that lasted for two hours. Harb followed his team's performance and recommended a couple of tactical changes and two substitutions. His telephoned advice proved to be highly effective when the two newly substituted players scored the two wining goals, the daily said. 

Israel monitors the movement of Palestinians between Gaza and the West Bank with a special permit which, for alleged security reasons, are normally granted to very few people –  

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