Ali Kafashian , the head of Iran’s football Federation , has announced that Team Melli will be taking part in the next West Asian Football Federation t (WAFF) Tournament to be held in Kuwait.
Kafashian has mentioned to news agency ISNA , that his administration has discussed with Carlos Queiroz , the Portuguese Team Melli coach on the possibilities of sending the full team to Kuwait. Both sides have studied the merit of participating in WAFF championship, which Iran has dominated since its inception some 12 years ago and finally agreed to it.
The timing of the tournament has been deemed to be appropriate for the participation of the full team taking into account the preparations and the matches in the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualification rounds. Kafashian also added that the period of the tournament falls in the half season league break , which is quite ideal for the players and the clubs. He also advised that some slight date shifting could be possible to accommodate the participation of the team in this upcoming tournament.
The 7th West Asian Football Federation Championship,WAFF C 2012 will be hosted by Kuwait . West Asian Football Federation confirmed the final dates for WAFF. The tournament will be taking place during 8-20 December 2012. WAFF sent the invitations for the thirteen member associations to confirm their participation. The 6th edition of WAFF championship was held in Jordan in 2010, as Kuwait won the title after winning 2-1 against Iran in the final.
12 member associations confirmed their participation, whom are: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Oman, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq and UAE. The only country that did not enter this year’s tournament is Qatar. The dates for the draw will be announced by WAFF later this coming month.