The Iraq FA have offered to provide every kind of assistance possible to the Iraqi Army team to achieve positive results at the next CISM World Military Championship.
The CISM tournament has strong historic links to Iraqi football, with Iraq, a member since 1952, having won the competition on three occasions in 1972, 1977 and 1979.
In the old heady days when army sports dominated in the Iraqi sports circles, with the Army sports officials holding key positions in the Iraq FA, the Iraqi national team took part in the competition, with the likes of Ammo Baba, Jamil Abbas, Douglas Aziz, and Hussein Saeed.
FA secretary Tariq Ahmed told Al-Malaab on May 6, “At this moment, we have not met with officials of the Directorate of Physical Training or the Ministry of Defence to coordinate our position, but have been phone calls. He noted that the FA will hold a meeting with officials from the directorate and the Ministry to start preparing for the finals.
“We as an FA will deliver everything for the team, because we want it to return to the podium, which it is not far away from, all of this is for the service of Iraqi football,’ the former international added.
Iraq qualified for the competition after an absence of 23 years. The Ministry of Defence had decided Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya would represent them in the qualifying rounds in Muscat, where Iraq finished third. However with more time to prepare, there maybe some hope that a stronger selection will be formed for the finals.
The team were drawn in Group A along with hosts Azerbaijan, Mali and Canada. The finals for the new CISM World Football Trophy, will be held from July 2 to July 14 in Baku.