The Dutch coach of the Iraqi national team, Advocaat, confirmed today, Thursday, that he still believes in the capabilities of the players.
Advocaat said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that he was "disappointed after today's match because the team was the closest to winning.".
He added, "The chances of direct qualification are strong for Iran and South Korea only, and the opportunity will be in the supplement that Lebanon, Iraq and Syria are competing for," noting that "the hope of the supplement is still there and everyone must work despite the difficulty of the next two matches.".
The Dutchman, Advocaat, stated that "the injuries and deprivation of some players had a negative impact on the team and an impact on today's result.".
Also he pointed out that "the team had more than one opportunity to score goals, but it was lost.".