5/21/2018 1:55:11 PM (GMT+3)

Iraq to host first international football event after decades

Iraq to host first international football event after decades

BAGHDAD, Iraq: Warn-torn Iraq finally gets the nod to host an international football tournament in Basra in November. 

The West Asia Football Federation championship will be the first tournament to be staged in the country since the 1990s.

The tournament will feature 12 Arab countries.

Iraq Football Association (IFA) hailed WAFF's invitation to host the event after FIFA lifted a three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football.

Iraq is now eager to organise a major footballing event and to show that it is ready at all levels," said a IFA spokesman.

The government is building new world-class stadiums and other facilities to support the development of the game at all levels

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