Kasim’s Iraq call decision

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Yaser Kasim. Yaser Kasim.

YASER Kasim has yet to decide whether or not to accept his most recent call-up to the Iraqi national squad, according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.

Kasim has been selected by his country for their upcoming Asian Cup qualifier against China on March 5 but is seeking various assurances before choosing either to fly out to Dubai for the game or remain with Town.

The former Tottenham apprentice opted against joining up with Iraq earlier this term as he did not want to risk his future at the County Ground but, having since signed an extended deal in Wiltshire, it remains to be seen whether Kasim answers his latest call.

Cooper said: “We’ve had some interest from Iraq asking about Yaser’s availability. Yaser has got to decide whether he’s going to go or not. If it’s a qualifying game or a tournament you want to let them go because it’s furthering their career.

“I think he’s still in talks with the Iraqi FA about the best way forward. I think the qualms Yaser’s got about it are if he’s going to go, is he going to play and if he is going to play he misses our games and he doesn’t want to put his career here in jeopardy.”

Meanwhile, Cooper was delighted for Massimo Luongo after the Australian was called up to the Socceroos’ squad for their friendly against Ecuador at The New Den in London next Wednesday.

“It’s brilliant for him to know he’s within touching distance of going to a World Cup,” he said. “He deserves it, he’s been fantastic this year, he’s got a brilliant attitude, he plays on the front foot, he can turn defence into attack in a heartbeat and he deserves it.

“I hope he gets a chance to play against Ecuador and stakes his claim. It’s all about Mass. We’ve tried to give him the platform to play and he’s done it all himself and he deserves every bit of success he gets.”

With the game taking place in England, Cooper confirmed to the Advertiser that Luongo would not miss any Swindon match due to his involvement with his country.

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6:40am Fri 28 Feb 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Yas you have to go. If you don't you may never get the opportunity again and will live life wondering, " What if?" It may not work out but at least you will have had the experience.
Yas you have to go. If you don't you may never get the opportunity again and will live life wondering, " What if?" It may not work out but at least you will have had the experience. oo-r-ya?
  • Score: 14

8:17am Fri 28 Feb 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

do it Yaser! you've been very good for us for the most part - take the opportunity with both hands...
do it Yaser! you've been very good for us for the most part - take the opportunity with both hands... GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 9

8:22am Fri 28 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

Let's hope Luongo doesn't have to take a pen for Oz!
Let's hope Luongo doesn't have to take a pen for Oz! The Jockster
  • Score: 0

8:23am Fri 28 Feb 14

old town robin says...

oo-r-ya? wrote:
Yas you have to go. If you don't you may never get the opportunity again and will live life wondering, " What if?" It may not work out but at least you will have had the experience.
Totally agree, we've managed without Yaser when he's been suspended, we can do it again. There is no way his place in the team would be put in jeopardy, even so the game is being played on a Wednesday, so no reason he can't make it back in time anyway.

Go Yaser go and win your international honour, you deserve it.
[quote][p][bold]oo-r-ya?[/bold] wrote: Yas you have to go. If you don't you may never get the opportunity again and will live life wondering, " What if?" It may not work out but at least you will have had the experience.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, we've managed without Yaser when he's been suspended, we can do it again. There is no way his place in the team would be put in jeopardy, even so the game is being played on a Wednesday, so no reason he can't make it back in time anyway. Go Yaser go and win your international honour, you deserve it. old town robin
  • Score: 8

8:54am Fri 28 Feb 14

M-Kasim says...

"Cooper was delighted for Massimo Luongo after the Australian was called up to the Socceroos’ squad for their friendly "

I was hopping that Cooper would have the same enthusiasm for Yaser joining Iraq to play a competitive match.....Regardless of what this article say's Yaser will be going to Dubai with the Iraqi National team and I as fans of Swindon Town and the Iraqi National team wish Yaser Kasim all the luck in the world.
"Cooper was delighted for Massimo Luongo after the Australian was called up to the Socceroos’ squad for their friendly " I was hopping that Cooper would have the same enthusiasm for Yaser joining Iraq to play a competitive match.....Regardless of what this article say's Yaser will be going to Dubai with the Iraqi National team and I as fans of Swindon Town and the Iraqi National team wish Yaser Kasim all the luck in the world. M-Kasim
  • Score: 14

9:42am Fri 28 Feb 14

Yousifovic says...

I see injustice here by Cooper. He is happy for Massimo, but not for Kasim?

Australia's match is a friendly, while Iraq is a qualification match, I think a big difference in the importance between the two matches.

Also, Iraq and Australia play in the same continent, and they have close results. So I don't see the real reason for these two different reactions by Cooper. If Kasim becomes a star in Iraq (like all Iraqis expect), then he would become a world cup player because Iraq is always close to qualifying.

Futhermore, Kasim won't be missing any league match, he will travel on the 2nd to Dubai, and back to england on the 6th. So he will play the match on the 1st, as well as the one on the 8th.

re-think Cooper... I think you made a mistake in judging this situation.

Iraqi fan in Dubai- who follows Swindon town for Yaser Kasim.
I see injustice here by Cooper. He is happy for Massimo, but not for Kasim? Australia's match is a friendly, while Iraq is a qualification match, I think a big difference in the importance between the two matches. Also, Iraq and Australia play in the same continent, and they have close results. So I don't see the real reason for these two different reactions by Cooper. If Kasim becomes a star in Iraq (like all Iraqis expect), then he would become a world cup player because Iraq is always close to qualifying. Futhermore, Kasim won't be missing any league match, he will travel on the 2nd to Dubai, and back to england on the 6th. So he will play the match on the 1st, as well as the one on the 8th. re-think Cooper... I think you made a mistake in judging this situation. Iraqi fan in Dubai- who follows Swindon town for Yaser Kasim. Yousifovic
  • Score: 8

10:03am Fri 28 Feb 14

WirralRed says...

If you get any chance to play for your country Yaser definitely take it. You've been gr8 for STFC & deserve every chance of playing at the highest level you can.

Thks Yaser - legend!
If you get any chance to play for your country Yaser definitely take it. You've been gr8 for STFC & deserve every chance of playing at the highest level you can. Thks Yaser - legend! WirralRed
  • Score: 5

11:14am Fri 28 Feb 14

joner100 says...

Assuming that the reporting is accurate, Cooper's comments reflect very badly on him. I have never heard of a footballer considering not representing his country internationally because in doing so he might put his club career "at risk". Clubs have a duty to release their players for international duty; if Cooper or the club has put any pressure on Kassim not to join up with Iraq they should be reported to the FA, Football league, FIFA or whoever's responsibility such matters are.
Assuming that the reporting is accurate, Cooper's comments reflect very badly on him. I have never heard of a footballer considering not representing his country internationally because in doing so he might put his club career "at risk". Clubs have a duty to release their players for international duty; if Cooper or the club has put any pressure on Kassim not to join up with Iraq they should be reported to the FA, Football league, FIFA or whoever's responsibility such matters are. joner100
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

MITTED says...

Yaser, you must take the opportunity to represent your country. Having said, 'no' on a previous occasion, there is real risk that you might live to regret it. And don't worry about your Town career, you will be back in the team before you know it!
COYR
Yaser, you must take the opportunity to represent your country. Having said, 'no' on a previous occasion, there is real risk that you might live to regret it. And don't worry about your Town career, you will be back in the team before you know it! COYR MITTED
  • Score: 3

4:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

House with no name says...

DO IT, PLAY WELL & GET NOTICED

Swindon Town Football Clubs season has already ended and they are looking towards relegation next season - Saw you on the TV games and you deserve better than you have at the moment - even though this club may have given you a first opportunity - Go for it and enjoy everything whilst you can.
DO IT, PLAY WELL & GET NOTICED Swindon Town Football Clubs season has already ended and they are looking towards relegation next season - Saw you on the TV games and you deserve better than you have at the moment - even though this club may have given you a first opportunity - Go for it and enjoy everything whilst you can. House with no name
  • Score: -3

4:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

alchafreds says...

M-Kasim wrote:
"Cooper was delighted for Massimo Luongo after the Australian was called up to the Socceroos’ squad for their friendly "

I was hopping that Cooper would have the same enthusiasm for Yaser joining Iraq to play a competitive match.....Regardless of what this article say's Yaser will be going to Dubai with the Iraqi National team and I as fans of Swindon Town and the Iraqi National team wish Yaser Kasim all the luck in the world.
wouldnt worry what cooper thinks
[quote][p][bold]M-Kasim[/bold] wrote: "Cooper was delighted for Massimo Luongo after the Australian was called up to the Socceroos’ squad for their friendly " I was hopping that Cooper would have the same enthusiasm for Yaser joining Iraq to play a competitive match.....Regardless of what this article say's Yaser will be going to Dubai with the Iraqi National team and I as fans of Swindon Town and the Iraqi National team wish Yaser Kasim all the luck in the world.[/p][/quote]wouldnt worry what cooper thinks alchafreds
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

Cooper wants you to go so be can call the game off against mk
More time off luvelly jubbelly
Cooper wants you to go so be can call the game off against mk More time off luvelly jubbelly smirg kcab
  • Score: -2

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