For Iraq’s manager Srecko Katanec, the nation still hangs onto their 2007 AFC Asian Cup championship and expected a title this year.
Iraq will play against Vietnam in Group D of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup competition.
And coach Srecko Katanec promises the team will not disappoint.
“I promise the Iraqi people to do with what everything we can on the field,” said Katanec to Sport 360.
“I have so much trust in our players.”
“I know very well that the Iraq people love football and have so much enthusiasm. I promise I’ll choose the perfect XI for the game,” he added.
“We have concentrated on videos of the Vietnamese team and we know their defensive faults,” added center-back Ahmed Ibrahim.
“We will try and use our knowledge tomorrow to get the three points and have a good start. We respect Vietnam and we respect their ambitions, but we are in a good mindset to win this game.”