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Zico In Iraq To Arrange National Team Job

PTI 27 Aug 2011, 18:23:00 IST

Baghdad, Aug 27: The Iraqi Football Federation says former Brazilian great Zico has arrived in the country to negotiate a deal to coach the national team.

The general secretary of the Iraqi Football Federation, Tariq Ahmed, said Saturday that negotiations with Zico on terms and conditions will be held in the northern city of Irbil and a press conference was be held Saturday afternoon.

Ahmed told The Associated Press that 58-year-old Zico—who formerly coached Japan and several club sides, most recently Olympiakos—will take over as coach as soon as the contract is agreed.

Iraq will next week play in the third round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. AP