The contract and press conference were ready but Bosnian coach Dzemal Hadziabdic left Iraq a day after flying in to take over the national football squad, the federation said Sunday.
Best known as Jamal Haji, the veteran Bosnian coach who spent years managing teams in the Gulf, arrived in Baghdad on Friday, Iraqi federation spokesman Kamel Zghayr told AFP.
“We were surprised Jamal Haji turned down the job and demanded to fly back to his country immediately,” he said.
“Everything was going as planned. We had agreed after his arrival that the contract would be formally signed on Sunday and that he would then be presented to the press.”
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