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Zidane Iqbal pursuits his first trophy with Iraq

Former Man United midfielder Zidane Iqbal eyes 1st career trophy, set for crucial role with Iraq in AFC Asia Cup, Qatar.

Choosing to represent Iraq at just 20 years old, he emphasized to Sky Sports News that he aspires to replicate the nation’s 2007 success, where they emerged victorious over Saudi Arabia in the final.

They kick off their campaign against Indonesia in the opening match and will encounter Japan and Vietnam in their remaining group-stage games.

“I’ve been contemplating this for a while now; it will provide me with a valuable experience, and I eagerly look forward for a start.”

Iqbal emphasized the importance of taking each game one at a time by stating: “Our ideal approach is to secure three points in every match and, hopefully, reach the final to bring the cup home.”

Now playing for Utrecht, Iqbal, despite grappling with injury issues this season, joined the squad and started his first game against Feyenoord just before Christmas.

Earning praise from pundits for his performance, he aims to carry that momentum into the upcoming matches in Qatar.

Since his debut for the national side, the 20-year-old midfielder has made significant progress, describing the moment as “surreal.”

Thus, Joining Manchester United at the age of nine, Iqbal made his debut as a substitute in December 2021 in the Champions League, marking a historic moment as the first British-born South Asian to play for the club.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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