Kurdistan squad selected
Stateless nations draw for non-FIFA World Cup in Sweden
The players named for the Kurdistan squad are: Ahmad Salar from Sulaimaniya FC; Khalid Mushir, Jassim Muhammad Haji, Dlovan Mahdi and Younis Shukir from Zakho FC; Miran Khasro, Hardi Siyamand Farhan Shukir, Nariman Khidir and Diyar Rahman from Erbil FC; Nechirvan Shukri, Zuhair Abduljamal and Hozan Ismail from Zeravani FC; Sarhang Muhammad from Handren FC; Ali Aziz from Ararat FC; ...
The coaching staff of the Kurdistan Football Association (KFA) have named a 20-player squad to represent Kurdistan at the ConIFA World Football Cup which is expected to be held in Ostersund, Sweden, in June 2014.
The players named for the Kurdistan squad are: Ahmad Salar from Sulaimaniya FC; Khalid Mushir, Jassim Muhammad Haji, Dlovan Mahdi and Younis Shukir from Zakho FC; Miran Khasro, Hardi Siyamand Farhan Shukir, Nariman Khidir and Diyar Rahman from Erbil FC; Nechirvan Shukri, Zuhair Abduljamal and Hozan Ismail from Zeravani FC; Sarhang Muhammad from Handren FC; Ali Aziz from Ararat FC; Ahmad Mamun from Duhok FC; Shaho from Newroz FC; Sherzad Muhammad from Hawler Peshmarga; and Diyar Yakh from Sulaimani Peshmarga.
According to the coaching staff, these 20 players were selected for the national team on the basis of their performance and the techniques they displayed in the Kurdistan league.
The draw for the tournament, which is for stateless peoples and nations and includes players from some of the world>s bloodiest conflicts, was held last Monday in Northern Sweden.
«These teams, which are not recognized by FIFA, have an incredibly strong wish to play international football, and to raise the profile of their people, tradition and history», said PerAnders Blind, the chairman of ConIFA, an umbrella group for football teams outside FIFA and the organizer of the ConIFA World Football Cup.
Blind added, «We give them a place in the world, so that people recognize them in a completely different way».
The World Football Cup 2014 draw was conducted by Safin Kanabi, the Kurdistan Football Association president, Hakan Kuorak of the Sapmi Football Association, and Melke Alan, the president of the Arameans Suryoye Football Association.
Kurdistan were drawn against Aramean Syriac and Tamileelam in Group 1. Group 2 includes Sapmi, Seleccion Occitana De Fotbòl, and Abkhazia, and Group 3 teams include Padania, Quebec and Darfur United. Zanzibar is also due to play against Nagorno-Karabakh and Ellan Vannin in Group 4. The first two teams from each group will advance to the quar- ter finals.
The ConIFA World Football Cup is an international football tournament organized by ConIFA, an umbrella association for states, minorities, stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA. The event is expected to be held every two years.
To qualify for the tournament, teams must be drawn from regions or groups that are recognized by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and have a strong international ranking in similar tournaments such as the 2012 VIVA World Cup, hosted by Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
The event, which the organizers said will be the largest nonFIFA football event in history, kicks off on June 1, 2014.