Iraq sacks national football coach after Gulf Cup flop

December 1, 2014 9:40 am 

BAGHDAD, Nov. 30 — The Iraqi Football Association (IFA) is seeking a foreign replacement to the sacked national team coach Hakim Shakir following their disappointing results in the 22nd Gulf Cup, local media reported on Sunday.

"The Association decided to sack the coach of national team Hakim Shakir after the majority of the members of national team's panel voted in dismissing him in a meeting late on Saturday," al-Zaman newspaper quoted Ali Jabbar, the deputy head of the IFA, as saying.

"There is an intention in the IFA to contract with a foreign coach over the next few days to take over the training of the national team for the AFC Asian Cup which will be held early in 2015 in Australia," Jabbar said.

He said that the IFA has not decided yet about the name of the new coach, but said that deliberations are under way.

The IFA decision came after many Iraqi coaches and media criticized Shakir as Iraq finished bottom of their group at the Gulf Cup, which also includede Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates, with only one point from a draw with Oman. (PNA/Xinhua)



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