Bora Milutinovic, the Serbian coach of the Iraqi national soccer team, decided to exclude three professional players from the team’s ongoing training camp in Doha.
The first excluded professional player is Saleh Sadir, who is a playmaker and the top scorer of the Lebanese league. A few days ago, Sadir and his teammates won the Lebanon Cup championship and reached the second place in the Lebanese league.
The second professional player is Mustafa Kareem, Al-Ismaili club striker and the second top scorer in the Egyptian Premier League. Along with Al-Ahli, his team is currently in the Egyptian league’s lead.
The third professional player is Mohammed Naser Shakroun. He is the striker for the Iranian Barq Shiraz club. Barq Shiraz was relegated to the minor league when the team finished in the 18th and last spot in the Iranian league tournament.
No official announcement was made to specify reasons behind the exclusion of Sadir, Kareem, and Shakroun from the national team’s roster. Both Sadir and Shakroun were members of the Iraq team that won the Asian Cup. Therefore, they have experience in terms of the team’s previous participations.
It is known that countries with advanced soccer standards enlist players with highest preparedness levels who excel in the time period preceding the draft process. This logic applies to Sadir and Kareem. The exclusion of Shakroun is plausible, however, considering that the last goal he scored with his team was in March 17, 2009. The goal was scored against Milwan in a 1-1 game in the Iranian league.