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Iraq comeback in Iran

Dubai: Iraq will mark its comeback in the international football stage at this week’s $100,000 LG Cup in Iran, organisers said on Sunday.

The tournament from August 13-15 in Tehran will also feature the national teams of Cameroon, Uruguay and hosts Iran, organisers said in a press conference in Dubai.

“We have a long road ahead of us and the journey will be a difficult one, but tournaments like this will help us to rebuild a proud nation’s football team to relive former glories,” said Iraq’s German coach Bernd Stange.

Stange, who returned to Iraq to resume his four-year contract after the end of the coalition-led war to oust Saddam Hussein’s regime, said the Iraqis were currently training at sub-standard facilities the north of the country.

“We are thrilled that the Iraqi national team has accepted our invitation to play,” said M.B. Shin, head of the tournament sponsor for west Asia and Africa.

The first round on Wednesday will pit Iran against Iraq, and Uruguay against Cameroon.

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