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Iraq coach Chitheer dedicates first U-17 victory to country

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 Kolkata : Iraq coach Qahtan Chitheer has dedicated the team’s first win in a FIFA Under-17 World Cup to the people of the country, stating it was more of tactics that won them the battle against Chile in a Group F tie on Wednesday night.

Iraq blanked a rudderless Chile 3-0 to register their first ever win in an Under-17 FIFA World Cup and stayed firmly in contention for a knockout berth in the competition.

“I would like to congratulate Iraqi people. Chile are a strong side. We played very well against Mexico and this match as well. We are Asian Under-16 champions and played very well there as well. We knew Chile’s strengths and weaknesses and we used that to our effect,” Chitheer told reporters at the post match press conference.


Iraq were crowned the 2016 AFC u-16 champions in Goa last year. Chitheer said they have been working with the boys for the last 2-3 years and that the emphasis was on tactics which, he said, wins you games in modern day football, reports IANS.

“We have been working with this team for more than 2-3 years. We have been working with tactics which are very important in modern football, even with the U-17 team,” Chitheer emphasised.