Coach: Two matches will decide Iraq’s fate in the qualifiers

Iraqi coach Sami Baht confirmed that two matches will decide the fate of the Iraqi national team in Asian World Cup Qualifiers 2026 in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

And he will play Black Mesopotamia In the decisive qualifiers, in Group Two, which includes the teams of South Korea, Jordan, Oman, Palestine and Kuwait.

The fate of the Iraqi national team is linked to the first two matches

He said to Bahtwin win“The draw for the third round of the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup was balanced, which is good news for the Iraqi team, but the team must be fully prepared before playing its matches in this group, and this requires a good training camp and a sufficient preparation period for the Iraqi team to be in its best condition.”

He added: “The first two matches in the qualifiers will be very decisive, the first against Oman in Basra, and the second against Kuwait in the latter’s stadium, and they will determine Iraq’s fate. If it succeeds in achieving victory in these two matches, it will be able to compete for the top of the group, and I expect the competition to be limited to it and the South Korean team.”

Baht continued: “Winning the first two matches will be a decisive point in determining Iraq’s fate in order to move forward and enter the matches against South Korea and Jordan in the best possible way. Yes, the South Korean team is developed and a very good team, but the differences between it and the Iraqi team will be minimal, especially with the home field and the fans.”

He added: “The Iraqi team will enter these qualifiers with great morale boost by holding the matches at its home stadium in Basra International Stadium. When the Iraqi team receives great support from the fans, it performs at its best levels, and Basra fans usually make the difference in matches and tip the balance in Iraq’s favor.”

Adnan Hamad

The Iraqi national team is scheduled to face its Omani counterpart again at Basra International Stadium on September 5 in the first match between the two teams in the qualifiers. The two teams previously faced each other during the final of the Gulf Cup “Gulf 25” in Basra on January 19, 2023, when Iraq won 3-2 after extra time.

The third and decisive round of qualifiers will see the 18 teams divided into three groups of six, with eight confirmed places and an additional place to be decided through an Asian play-off to qualify for the expanded 48-team 2026 World Cup, to be hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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