The Iraqi Olympic football team is proceeding with preparations for its next match in the Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics.
Iraq will play Australia on Sunday (October 23rd) in Qatar.
Olympic team coach Radhi Shenaishil said the players' task will be difficult in the match against Australia.
"Nonetheless, we have done all that we can to fix mistakes made in the past, and we hope to make the Iraqi people happy by achieving a good result," he said.
According to Shenaishil, the Olympic team made mistakes in their match against Uzbekistan in September when Iraq lost 2-0.
"It is true that the loss in the first match was tough and heavy, but that is not the end of it," he said. "Rather, there is still a chance to achieve our goal. The Olympic team is required to make up for this loss in the next match to return to compete for a place in the 2012 London Olympics qualifiers."
Shenaishil confirmed that the coaching staff would work on fixing mistakes.
"We have great hopes in the team players who shoulder the greater part of the responsibility," he said. "Winning in this awaited match will get us back in the right direction."
Administrative manager Jabbar Hashem said the outcome of the match is important for Iraq's overall standing in the Olympic qualifiers.
"Any setback in our match against the Australian team will increase our difficulties in the Olympic qualifiers. Therefore, we hope that our players will do their best and dedicate themselves for the service of Iraqi football," he said.
"The next stage needs great and decisive work in order to remain in the competition in the group that drew us against Uzbekistan, the United Arab Emirates and Australia."
Olympic team player Ahmed Ibrahim said the players realize the importance of the next match and are determined to make up for the loss in the first round.
"We realize the importance of this match and know quite well that our rivals have high skills and capabilities," Ibrahim said. "However, our Iraqi Olympic team has the ambition to win to keep our hopes in qualifying alive."
Amjad Kalaf, another player, said the team would win the match against Australia.
"We know that the fans are asking us to win, and that they are waiting for us," he said. "We will be up to expectations."
The Iraqi Olympic football team reached the third round of the 2012 London Olympics Asian qualifiers after winning 2-0 against Iran in the second round of qualifiers. At that time, the Olympic team was supervised by coach Nadhum Shakir, who was removed from the team. He was replaced by Radhi Shenaishil, who won the premier league title with al-Zawra last season.