‘Korea coach candidate’ Casas rejects KFA offer, says he’ll go to World Cup with Iraq

The Korean Football Association has hit another rocky patch in its search for a national team coach.

Middle Eastern media outlet Winwin reported on Friday that Spaniard Jesús Casas, the head coach of the Iraqi national team, has turned down a job offer from the KFA.

Citing information from sources, Win Win said, “Coach Casas has been receiving great interest from the KFA, including being officially contacted by the KFA’s official broker. 홀덤 The association has met the conditions to the satisfaction of Coach Casas.”

“The Iraqi Football Association contacted him and asked him to complete the project with Iraq and help them qualify for the 2026 North and Central American World Cup. “Coach Casas actually seriously considered the offer from South Korea, but he decided to honor his contract with the Iraqi federation and continue his journey to qualify for the World Cup. He will reject all other offers because he wants to fulfill his mission in Iraq. Only after his contract expires will he think about his next destination,” he added.

He went on to say that Casas has communicated through his agent that he wants to focus solely on his work with the Iraqi national team.

Kasas was one of the top three candidates selected by the KFA’s Power Enhancement Committee, along with current Canadian national team coach Jesse March, former Botafogo coach Bruno Raz and former Besiktas coach Senol Guinness.

The association is reportedly in talks with other candidates after missing out on Machi, who was the top choice. There will be no change in the decision to appoint a foreign coach in May.

Meanwhile, Qasas led Iraq to the round of 16 at the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup, where they upset Japan in the group stage. Iraq fell apart in the round of 16 after key striker Ayman Hussein was sent off for a “grass-eating” gesture after scoring a goal, leading to a 2-3 upset loss to Jordan.