Players hope Shenaishil can extend spell as Iraq coach

Players hope Shenaishil can extend spell as Iraq coach
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Radhi Shenaishil
Radhi Shenaishil

Iraq coach Radhi Shenaishil is set to return to his club after leading the team in the Asian Cup third-place match against the United Arab Emirates on Friday but the players are anxious to retain their boss.

"We want the coach to stay," defender Ahmed Ibrahim told a news conference Thursday. "He is a passionate coach and loves his job. He is busy now with his club in Qatar, but hopefully there is a possibility that after his contract he can continue with us.

"We have been talking to the Iraqi Football Association to see if he can continue afterwards."

Iraq have performed strongly throughout the Asian Cup but a 2-0 semi-final loss to South Korea ensured they will not repeat their sensational triumph from 2007.

"Iraqi football went through a special time in 2007," Ibrahim said. "This time we came together as a team in a short period of time, but we are very happy with the situation we are in and our style of play.

"Our objective was to make it to the final and achieve something for the history of Iraqi football and although we couldn't achieve that we are still aiming to work together to bring happiness to our people."

Shenaishil expssed his satisfaction at Iraq's efforts across Australia but insisted he would honour his contract with the Qatar Sport Club.

"There were goals set by the federation and we have achieved these goals in this short space of time," he said. "The poor results before the competition have been passed and we have achieved good results. I hope we can work with these players in the future for our country.

"I have a contract with the Qatar club and I want to thank them for the period they released me to coach the Iraq national team. They respected me and the Iraq federation by allowing me to join the national team, but I cannot leave them now."

"The only problem is the World Cup qualifiers start in June, so any coaching staff need to be in place now to work with the team to find our plan for our team for these World Cup qualifiers.

"There are talks with the Iraq federation, but nothing on paper, and I hope to talk more in the next few days."

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