The Iraqi Federation confirms the establishment of "Gulf 25" in Basra

The Iraqi Football Association stated that the twenty-fifth edition of the Gulf Cup will be held in Basra, according to a statement issued today, coinciding with the visit of a delegation from the Arab Gulf Cup Federation to Kuwait, the alternative country to establish the 25th Gulf Cup. The statement of the Iraqi Football Association comes at a time when news has indicated It was raised about the intention of the Executive Office of the Gulf Cup Federation to transfer the 25th Gulf Cup to Kuwait for not completing the requirements for holding the tournament in Basra.

"The visit of the inspection committee assigned by the Arab Gulf Cup Federation to Kuwait is a routine visit, and it is in accordance with the directives of the Executive Office, which provides for an alternative state visit," the statement said.

"The Gulf Cup Federation denied the news that had been raised about its intention to transfer the Gulf Cup 25 to Kuwait," he added.

Kuwait hosted the twenty-third edition of the tournament between late 2017 and early 2018, and the Omani team won its title.

The Executive Office of the Gulf Cup Federation announced earlier that the city of Basra, in southern Iraq, had been chosen to establish the 25th Gulf Cup, with its emphasis on completing aspects related to infrastructure related to the International Port Stadium.

Iraq has been claiming for more than ten years to host the tournament for the second time in its history after the first in 1979 when it hosted the fifth edition in the capital, Baghdad, at Al Shaab International Stadium and crowned its title.

It is noteworthy that Iraq, which is facing a ban by the International Football Association (FIFA) to hold matches on its soil due to the security situation, has been experiencing a political crisis since the early parliamentary elections that took place in October 2021.

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