Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Palestine to play Iraq in Arbil"

There is no word from the PFA website yet, but Palestinian, Iraqi and other Arab media are reporting that Palestine will play Iraq this month. Specifically on the 13th of July. As you might recall there was talk of such a match earlier this year. The plan seems to have been for two matches to be played in Baghdad and Arbil(Atlas Sport), but I got this email from an Iraqi reader(thanks Hassanin):

I read your blog, just wanted to say that there has been some news reports in the Iraqi media that Palestine will play Iraq in Arbil (the first international inside Iraq since 2002).
There was to have been two friendlies (the other on July 6 in Baghdad) but the PFA president said that because of the lack of time and the pending friendly with China, only one match will be played.
Iraq has named Nadhim Shaker and a 25 man squad especially for the friendly match, and another match the following month against Tanzania (in Baghdad on August 12).