Iraq plays against Jordan in first match after ban lifted

People react during celebrations after the Iraqi national soccer team beat Jordan in the World Cup qualifying match, in Karradah, downtown Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Iraq won 3-1. (AP)

Iraq has kickstarted on Thursday its match against Jordan, considered to be its first friendly game match Fifa lifted ban games on its territory.

The game started at 10:00 pm (local time) in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

“Today’s match is a good initiative to lift ban on Iraqi stadium,” Iraqi national team coach Basim Qasim said in a statement. “We feel proud,” he said “since we are fulfilling this aim of lifting the ban.”

“What our national team is experiencing is critical,” he added.

So far 55,000 tickets have been sold out for the game.

After Jordan, Iraq is expected to play against South Korea.

The last home match by the Iraqi team was against Syria on March 26, 2013 amid a heavy crowd of about 50,000 in Baghdad.

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