During an interview with Al-Hurriya channel, Captain Hussein Saeed, President of the Iraqi Central Football Federation, announced a component of his development programs for Iraqi football, most notably the establishment of the Iraqi Professional League starting in 2010-2011 season. On this topic, Saeed said, “We understand that attracting professional players requires a financial budget. We will start by specifying 10 clubs that have the ability to participate in the Iraqi Professional League. After this, we will increase the number of clubs during consecutive seasons until we reach a stable suitable number.”
He added, “We have now started with the most important issue; that is to prepare Iraq to host international games once again. Playing home games will give us a great advantage in terms of qualifying to big tournaments. We are struggling with being distant from our fans. For decades, we were forced to play abroad.”
Saeed criticized few journalists for not conveying the truth. On this note, he stated, “I do not know why some journalists and the sports media hate an individual who contributed to Iraqi football. I do not need a testimony from anybody. I served my country as a player and coached for a short period with Al-Talaba before I became involved in management. I also was honored by previous governments and the current one. I was honored by Drs. Ayad Allawi, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, and Nouri Al-Maliki. I do not know why there is hatred towards me?”
In conclusion, Saeed, one of best 25 players in the history of Asian football since its establishment, demanded conveying the truth about the news of the Iraqi Football Federation.