Iraq faces being kicked out of world soccer after its football association was disbanded, the sport's governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has demanded the immediate reinstatement of Iraq's soccer chiefs following a government order to dissolve the federation.
The Asian Football Confederation wants the Iraq government to reinstate the nation's soccer association.
Japan want to play Iraq in February as a final warm-up for the first round of Asian World Cup qualifiers, Japan Football Association (JFA) president Saburo Kawabuchi said on Friday.
After leaving Baghdad in a hurry just before the war started, German coach Bernd Stange now hopes to gather Iraq's national soccer team together for a series of post-war international friendlies.