The Premier League coaches tell us that the Toto Cup is excellent training for the league.
The whole format of this enterprise comes as a preparation for the real thing and the coach of Hapoel Haifa, Nir Klinger, is experienced enough to know that his team is not ready.
Three losses in three games, not against Maccabi Haifa or Maccabi Tel Aviv, but against Bnei Rayna, Bnei Sakhnin and also Hapoel Hadera came to Sami Ofer and came back with a 1:3 victory.
For Assaf Nemani's team this is a victory that maintains a perfect balance of 3 out of 3, exactly the opposite of Haifa.
A mostly anonymous group.
There is no name that causes expectation and this is perhaps the thing that most characterizes this group.
Niv Gottlieb, for example, is a name that I doubt most Israeli soccer fans know, but he is a player you can keep an eye on.
Sa'ar Fedida, who moved this summer from Po'el Haifa, suddenly came to life and scored against the team where he grew the 0:1 (38).
Jonathan Sissa hit the second (68) and substitute Sammy Burrard the third (90).
Hanan only funds Zimek (71) but that doesn't really change the dismal picture of his team on the eve of the upcoming season.
Football is not witchcraft and Klinger is not a magician.
At least at the level of his group, you don't see any rabbit in the hat either.
In other games:
In other games:
Kiryat Shmona - Bnei Rayna (1:2);
Hapoel Jerusalem - Nes Ziona (0:2)
Hapoel Jerusalem players celebrate, photo: Barney Ardov
Victory account per Ksh,
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