Hadziabdic reveals reason for Iraq departure

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Dzemal Hadziabdic

Bosnian coach has revealed the reasons for his exit from national team head tactician role.

The 62-year-old was expected to be unveiled as new Lions of Mesopotamia coach last week in Baghdad but decided to backtrack on his decision to seal the offer after spending one day in the country’s capital, Baghdad.

“My family keep asking me regarding my decision to accept the job. At first, I wanted to guide Iraq to the World Cup. But, there was a coach who explained the contract details to me,” said Hadziabdic was quoted by Goal Bosnia.

“The contract said that I have to live in Iraq. Honestly I don’t want to do that and for safety reasons, it’s difficult to live there. It’s my fault (to misread the contract) and I apologise for my decision.”

Following Hadziabdic’s departure, the Iraq Football Association (IFA) did not waste time as they moved quickly to promote U-23 head coach Yahya Alwan into the senior job.