Ali Abbas set to play for Iraq against Caltex Socceroos

Former Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets player Ali Abbas will be named in the Iraqi squad for their upcoming crucial World Cup qualifier against the Caltex Socceroos in Perth on September 1.

The finalised Iraqi squad for the game at in Perth will be named after Iraq’s next friendly on August 21.

“I can confirm that Ali Abbas will be named in the Iraqi squad that will play Australia in Perth and Saudi Arabia,” Iraq FA’s representative in Australia, Gath Muhana, told

Abbas, who turns 30 two days before the clash with Australia, made 68 appearances after joining the Sky Blues from Newcastle Jets in 2012. 

His determination to come back from a season-long injury endeared him to the Sky Blue fans and his coach Graham Arnold, as well as his passionate displays in the Sydney FC shirt. 

The Iraqi winger/full back left Allianz Stadium for K-League outfit Pohang Steelers in May this year, released with a year left on his contract. 

Overnight Iraq lost 1-0 to DPR Korea in a friendly.