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The Iraqi striker with two names – free to play for Iraq at the Gulf Cup

In one of the strangest cases of age fraud in Iraqi youth football, an Iraqi judiciary has ruled in favour of Al-Shurta’s striker Mohanad Ali Kadhim to allow him to obtain a new passport in what they ruled was his correct name.

The player who last season played for Al-Kahraba under the name of Hassan Ali Kadhim has been granted the right to obtain a new passport in his name Mohanad Ali Kadhim. The Iraqi sports paper Football.iq has learned that the ruling from the Iraqi court means the striker is free to return to FIFA and AFC competitions under the name he won the AFC U-14 Championship in Tehran in 2014 where he was top scorer with six goals.

The player had been unable to apply for a passport under the name of Mohanad, which has been revealed to be his younger brother’s name and because he was forced to return to his own name of Hassan Ali Kadhim, the Iraq FA excluded him from selection to deny him from taking part in international competitions to avoid any sanctions to the player or the Association.

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Mohanad Ali Kadhim at the AFC U-14 Championship in Tehran in 2014.

The decision of the Iraqi court ruled in favour for the player to use the name Mohanad Ali because it was his real name and had already represented Iraq at the AFC U-14 Championship and had been issued his own AFC identification with his date of birth 2000, but one of his former coaches had asked him to play under another name!

This however does little to explain why the player was unable to apply for a passport under his real name and why he played for two seasons at Al-Shurta and Al-Kahraba under the name of Hassan Ali Kadhim and his date of birth of 1997! Nothing in the Iraqi court ruling reported by Football.iq makes any sense .

This is not the first player that has been caught out after playing in AFC competitions under a different name or age using another person’s documents to apply for a passport, and then found it difficult to have a new passport issued under the fraudulent date of birth because they did not have the correct documents, leaving them in limbo as the Iraq FA feared playing the player under his real name in case of sanctions on the FA and the player.

And this is what has happened, the player’s real name is Hassan Ali Kadhim and he was born in 1997 and in order to play U-14 football in an AFC competition, he changed his name and date of birth – using his younger brother’s documents to apply for a passport, and so Hassan Ali Kadhim became Mohanad Ali Kadhim and he was three years younger and born in 2000. But an Iraqi court has ruled in favour of the player using his forged name and DOB which they claim is his real name and age to play for Iraq!

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Mohanad has completed all procedures related to obtaining a new passport under the name of Mohanad Ali. This comes after Iraq coach Basim Qasim has postponed announcing the final list for the 23rd Gulf Cup to be held in Kuwait later this month.

The Iraq FA on Monday summoned the player after he trained with his club Al-Shurta and was at the Iraqi FA headquarters to complete all procedures so he would be able to travel with the team. The Iraq FA is expected to cancel the suspension that had prevented the player being selected for international competitions and will be free to play at the Gulf Cup!

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