The Iraqi Football Association expressed its deep regret that at the opening ceremony of the Gulf 25 Cup in Basra, some organizational moments went beyond the proper ones.
In a statement to the press, Federation President Adnan Darjal apologized to the Kuwaiti delegation “for the difficulties they encountered in entering the Palm Trunk Stadium, and the related departure of the representative of the Emir of the State of Kuwait, the head of the Olympic Committee, Sheikh Fahd Al-Nasser, as well as the president of the Kuwait federation and members of the board of directors.”
Darjal expressed “deep regret over the crowd scenes that took place in front of the stadium and inside the main booth”, stressing that the Iraqi federation and those in charge of organizing the tournament “will take into account the need to avoid what happened in order to ensure that the organizing process has been going well since the matches of the second day of the tournament.”
Darjal pointed out that “what happened in terms of organizational issues will not affect the strength of relations between Iraq and Kuwait, especially at the sporting level.”
Pointing out that the Kuwait Federation “was one of the strongest supporters of holding the tournament in the city of Basra, whether due to the visit of the President of the Kuwait Federation Abdullah Al-Shaheen and his delegation to the two tournament stadiums for about 3 weeks. before it, or the presence of the Kuwaiti team for a friendly meeting with the Iraqi team at the stadium “Olympic Port”.
Adnan Darjal urged the masses to continue to support and help in order for the championship to be a success, which represents the gateway to the return of Iraqi sports to host sporting events after a long period of absence.