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Ex-Man Utd midfielder Iqbal targets first trophy in Qatar

Former Manchester United midfielder Zidane Iqbal is targeting a first career trophy as he looks set to play a key part for Iraq during the AFC Asia Cup in Qatar.

The 20-year-old opted to represent Iraq and, speaking to Sky Sports News, stressed that he is hoping to emulate the nation's success of 2007 when they beat Saudi Arabia in the final.

"It's something that I've been thinking about for a long time, it will be a very good experience for myself and I can't wait to get started."

Iraq begin their campaign against Indonesia in their opening game and will face Japan and Vietnam in their other group games.

Iqbal stressed the importance of taking each game as it comes but "ideally we're going there to take the three points in each game and hopefully reach the final and bring the cup home, even if we aren't favourites on paper".

Now at Utrecht, Iqbal was selected in the squad despite struggling with injury problems this season but started his first game against Feyenoord just before Christmas.

His performance drew praise from pundits, and he will be looking to continue that in Qatar.

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