Hamad quits Iraq post after World Cup exit

June 25, 2008

BANGKOK, June 25 (Reuters) - Iraq national team coach Adnan Hamad has parted company with the Asian champions just days after the side were eliminated from 2010 World Cup qualifying.

Hamad, 47, opted not to sign a new contract after Iraq's 1-0 defeat by Qatar at the weekend, saying on Wednesday that political squabbles and poor organisation made it impossible for him to do his job.

'There are many problems... it started with a ban from FIFA and we will continue to have these problems in the future,' Hamad told Reuters by telephone from his home in Jordan.

'It's always a difficult situation in Iraq, we have many, many troubles. I decided I did not want to continue.'

Iraq were bottom of their group when Hamad took over in February from Norwegian Egil Olsen, who was sacked after only three games for refusing to coach the team in violence-torn Iraq, where only a few of the players are based.

Despite having steered Iraq to their surprise Asian Cup triumph, Olsen's predecessor Jorvan Vieira quit the job, saying it was too stressful to continue.

Hamad's troubles were compounded when FIFA temporarily banned Iraq from international soccer after the government sacked the country's soccer federation midway through their qualifying campaign, reportedly for sectarian reasons.