Sidka completes deal to coach Iraq’s national team

Iraqi sports officials say German coach Wolfgang Sidka has
completed a deal to take over the country’s national football
team.

A spokesman for the Iraqi Olympic committee, Mouanis Abdullah,
said Sidka signed a $500,000 contract Monday to coach the national
team for one year. The deal was first announced in July.

Abdullah said Sidka will hold his first training session with
the team next month.

Iraq is the defending Asia Cup champion, but has struggled on
and off the field recently. A sectarian dispute over who should run
the sport’s federation led to the Iraqi Football Association
missing a deadline to elect new leaders.

FIFA gave Iraqi officials an extra year in office to prepare for
elections.