After the end of the final match of Khaleeji Zain 25, which resulted in Iraq’s victory over Oman 3/2, a press conference was held for Branko Ivankovic, coach of the Oman national team, who spoke saying: “We enjoyed playing in front of the fans and here the experience has its role.
And he continued: “We benefited from the tournament to gain experience for the future, I congratulate Iraq on the organization, which has improved day by day. We did not face any problems in moving around, It is important for Basra to host such tournaments. The stadiums were good, even the training grounds.”
And he added: “I congratulate Iraq on the title the match was dramatic and in an imaginary atmosphere because of the audience, I think that all the fans enjoyed the match whether inside the stadium or in front of the screens. I congratulate the players because they did not fail, they were ready mentally, and even physically. I am proud of them and I congratulate them on their performance during the entire tournament. Oman and Iraq played 5 matches, and the confrontations were not easy. The two teams presented a wonderful match and deserve praise. Iraq served luck and won, and this is football.”
And he continued: “The third goal came from a mistake, and we could not maintain the tie. Sorry about the events of today. We tried not to be affected by how the match went on the players, but they are young. The important thing is to gain experience and to play in front of fans of this size.”