With the line-up against Japan giving an of Zico’s true intentions of building a new Iraqi team for the future- the Brazilian coach should look to Al-Shurta captain and winger Amjad Kelaf.
Kelaf the son of a former sprinter is originally from the city of Kut and made his debut at the age of just 14. He has played for the Iraq U-17, U-19, Olympic (U-23) and the full national team.
However his last appearance came under Radhi Shanaishel in 2009 and has only two appearances to his name – unlike Samar Saeed who has played 30 times for the national side.
With Iraq to play Brazil in Malmo on October 11, it would be the perfect time for Zico to give the likes of Amjad Kelaf and even Rawez Lawan a run-out against the Samba stars.