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Lions Of Mesopotamia Face Stern Test In Final Round Of World Cup Qualifying


Iraq’s football team (ranked 105 in the world for the purposes of the draw) will have to play the best 10 games of their history to qualify for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. At today’s draw in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, the Lions were drawn in a group with Australia (50), Japan (57), Saudi Arabia (60), UAE (68) and Thailand (119).


However the draw went, it was going to be difficult for Iraq, the third lowest ranked team in the final round. The Lions of Mesopotamia are going to have to play brilliantly over 10 games to get to Russia. However, with new coach Abdul Ghani Shahad at the helm, the team’s chances have improved significantly.


Shahad masterminded the Olympic squad’s qualification for Rio later this year, and told that he is determined to inject youth into the senior set up. “Our next mission is a tough one and we’re going to have to work very hard. We need to implement a long-term strategy because most of the players are over 30 now, and we have to give the younger players a chance to develop their talent. We need to put our faith in them so we can build a new generation.”


Omar, please make a Yalla table for the two groups here

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