Iraq head coach resigns after Thailand draw

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Yahya Alwan

national team head coach has offered to resign after his team was held to a draw by Thailand in the 2018 World Cup qualification.

The Iraq national team was held to a 2-2 draw by Thailand on March 24, a result that made their goal of topping the group F in the 2018 World Cup qualification impossible.

The team is also in danger of elimination from the qualification, should they are not able to record a win against Vietnam on March 29.

It was reported that the team’s poor form in the World Cup qualification is the main reason behind Yahya Alwan’s resignation.

The Iraq Football Association has accepted Alwan’s ofer to resign, and appointed Iraq national under-23 team coach Abdul-Ghani Shahad as interim head coach for the match with Vietnam.

Yahya Alwan was appointed on August 2015, however was unable to guide the team to success in the World Cup qualification.

His team recorded only three wins in eight matches, two of which was against Chinese Taipei.