Captain Adnan Dirjal praised the Iraqi national team training camp in the Qatari capital Doha and called upon everyone to support Serbian Bora Milutinovic, coach of the Iraqi national team.
In an interview with the MBC1 channel, Dirjal, nicknamed “The General,” said, “Personally I am a follower of Serbian coach Bora Milutinovic. He is a coach with great plans who has led well-known squads. There is no doubting his abilities.”
He added, “If we reach the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, which would be considered a success, credit will first go to the players and then to the coach, his medical and administrative staff and also the Iraqi federation, which recruited him and did everything to make the national team’s task easier.”
Dirjal also spoke of the players currently in South Africa. “In my opinion, they are the best,” he said. “If I were the coach, I would have chosen the same players.”
Regarding Dirjal’s prior refusal to become national team coach, he said, “The Iraqi federation, via its president Hussein Saeed, contacted me personally. I appreciate their trust in me, but I declined. I did however say that if the federation was unable to hire a major foreign coach I would accept the offer, as this is my country and it is an honor to go back to coaching the national team, which I did back in 1993.”
Adnan Dirjal said that he has his own philosophy in managing players. If one of his players does not carry out his ideas or does not follow his instructions, that player does not belong on the team.
Adnan Dirjal concluded by wishing the Iraqi national team success and honorable results in its difficult path in the 2009 Confederations Cup.