Iraq U-17 team sends home emotional message after child deaths

Star forward Mohammed Dawood sent a 'message of hope and solidarity' to people back home after seven children were killed in the past one week.

Published: 13th October 2017 12:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2017 12:25 PM   |  A+A-

Iraq's teammates congratulate Mohammed Dawood for scoring a goal against Chile during the FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. | AP

By PTI

KOLKATA: A day after he gave Iraqis a reason to cheer with his football skills, star forward Mohammed Dawood sent a 'message of hope and solidarity' to people back home after seven children were killed in the past one week due to a shortage of food and medicine.

Coach Qahtan Chitheer, Dawood and goalkeeper Ali Ibadi were seen holding posters that read: "We are the voice..." An Iraqi team official said it's their way of showing solidarity with the victims' families.

"Shortage of medical supply killed seven children in past week at the Barsa Children Hospital," the team official told PTI.

Having tasted their maiden victory in the FIFA U-17 World Cup yesterday, Iraq has four points in two matches and are on the verge of a pre-quarterfinal qualification.

Riding on a Dawood goal, Iraq held two-time champions Mexico 1-1 in their opening match and will take on group leaders England in their final Group F match on October 14.

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