After a meeting with FA officials on Monday, Zico has declared his commitment to Asood Al-Rafidain for another year and made changes in his 27 man squad for the World Cup qualifying clash with Japan on September 11 in Saitama. The Brazilian confirmed that problems with the FA and his salary had been resolved and would begin training from August 25.
The Iraq FA had named a 32 man preliminary squad for the World Cup qualifier in Saitama but after talks were held with Zico on Monday, the Brazilian has selected five new players David Haider of Hallescher FC, Ali Abdul-Jabar (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Khaldoun Ibrahim (Al-Zawraa), Samar Saeed (Al-Naft) and Hussam Ibrahim (Al-Shurta)
27 man squad named on 20 August
Goalkeeper: Mohammed Kasid (Al-Talaba), Nour Sabri (Al-Naft), Jalal Hassan (Karbala)
Defenders: Ahmed Ibrahim (Arbil), Basim Abbas (Nadi Baghdad), Ali Hussein Rahema (Al-Wakra, Qatar), Samal Saeed (Al-Naft), Hussam Kadhim (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Ali Bahjat (Duhok), Ali Abdul-Jabar (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Walid Bahr (Al-Shurta), David Haider (Hallescher FC, Germany)
Midfielders: Qusai Munir (Nadi Baghdad), Muthanna Khalid (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Nashat Akram (Al-Nasr, UAE), Karrar Jassim (Ajman, UAE), Osama Rashid (Unattached), Abbas Hussein Rahema (Al-Talaba), Ahmed Yasin (Örebro SK, Sweden), Samar Saeed (Al-Naft), Khaldoun Ibrahim (Al-Zawraa)
Forwards: Younis Mahmoud (Al-Wakra, Qatar), Mustafa Karim (Nadi Baghdad), Hamadi Ahmed (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Alaa Abdul-Zahra (Nadi Qatar), Hussam Ibrahim (Al-Shurta), Amjad Radhi (Arbil).