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Zico quits coach job for Iraq national soccer team

English.news.cn   2012-11-28 21:39:07            

BAGHDAD, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's soccer legend Artur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico, resigned as coach of the Iraqi national team after he accused the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) of failing to meet his contract obligations.

In a statement posted on his website late on Tuesday, Zico said: "I would like to inform via this website that I have written to FIFA and the IFA declaring that I am no longer coach of the Iraqi national team due to breach of contract."

Na'im Saddam, spokesman of the IFA, on Wednesday confirmed to Xinhua that the Iraqi football body received a letter from Zico about his resignation.

"We have objections about what he named breach in his contract terms and we are trying to contact him to resolve the problem," Saddam said.

"The IFA is holding a meeting to discuss the problem with Zico and later we will decide the next step," he said.

Late in August, Zico started coaching the Iraqi national team and guided the squad into the final phase of FIFA's Asia zone qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

The team is currently third in group A, behind Australia and Japan, with the first two teams earning automatic qualification for the tournament in Brazil.

Despite Iraq's encouraging campaign, Zico has complained of delayed wages and organizational problems since July.

Editor: znz
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