Iraqi football officials are intensifying their efforts to achieve hosting of the “Gulf Arab 25” and to lift the ban on holding matches in Baghdad and the provinces.
Iyad Bunyan, head of the normalization body of the Iraqi Federation, revealed that the inspection committee in charge of the Gulf Football Federation will visit Iraq on the 24th and 25th of this month, in order to inspect the Iraqi facilities that host the “Gulf 25” competitions.
This step comes after Iraq confirmed its desire to host the championship in Basra, and to submit an integrated file to host the tournament scheduled for the end of 2021 or early 2022.
The committee is reviewing the stadiums and facilities, especially the Basra International Stadium, which has a capacity of 65,000 fans, and the Fayhaa Stadium with a capacity of 10,000 fans. The committee will submit its recommendations to the Executive Office of the Gulf Cup Federation, to approve hosting Iraq.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports pledged to complete all infrastructure and logistical equipment related to hosting the tournament, with regard to the completion of hotels and medical and service facilities.
On the other hand, FIFA President Gianni Infantino was invited to visit Baghdad during the coming period to contribute to lifting the ban on its stadiums.
Infantino’s visit is expected to coincide with the friendly match between Iraq and Kuwait in Basra this 27th.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency