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SWINDON TOWN: Kasim looking on the bright side
YASER Kasim claims to thrive in floodlit matches as it reminds him of playing football until the wee hours during his childhood in Iraq.
The midfielder grew up in Baghdad playing 25-a-side kickabouts with local schoolchildren and he told the Advertiser that those games would frequently drag on past midnight.
Therefore, he looks forward in particular to evening kick-offs in League One – such as tonight’s clash with Walsall at the County Ground.
“I grew up playing at night,” he said. “I’d go to school, come back from school, eat and then just play all night. I love time playing at night time and back home I used to play until midnight or 1am at night.
“Other than the waiting throughout the day, which I don’t like, night time games are good.
“I’ve got a bit of a set routine. I have breakfast, watch a bit of TV, chill, have a bit of lunch, sleep and then wake up, have something little to eat and go to the game. I try not to sleep too much because then you’ll feel a bit groggy. I’ll try to sleep for an hour or an hour and a half.”
Kasim put in yet another superb performance in the 2-0 victory over Notts County on Friday night, despite conceding a penalty with a rash tackle on Callum McGregor.
“For me, I love night time games so I was so high to play this game and I think I played well but when you’re at it too much sometimes you make a mistake, for example the penalty,” he said. “But I enjoyed it and I think there’s more to come. I’m feeling good.”
And Town fans were treated to a previously unknown side of Kasim’s game, as he saw two fizzing, long-range shots brilliantly saved by Notts keeper Bartosz Bialkwoski.
“I’ve hit them quite cleanly and I felt good about them going in but unfortunately the goalkeeper was there and saved them,” said Kasim.
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