The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reminded the Indonesian and Vietnamese national teams ahead of appearing in the 2023 Asian Cup. / Photo: illustration/Instagram @timnas.indonesia
KUALA LUMPUR – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has reminded the Indonesian and Vietnamese national teams ahead of appearing in the 2023 Asian Cup. Yes, the AFC asked the two ASEAN representatives to be wary of the young Iraqi striker, Ali Al-Hamadi.
For your information, the 2023 Asian Cup will take place from 12 January to 10 February 2024 in Qatar. The Indonesian national team will meet Iraq, Vietnam and Japan in Group D.
The AFC gave a warning to the Indonesian and Vietnamese national teams regarding Ali Al-Hamadi who would be a threat. The reason is, the young Iraqi striker has proven his quality with AFC Wimbledon in League Two or the fourth caste in the 2023/2024 English League system.
“After moving to AFC Wimbledon in the third tier of English football, Al Hamadi grew to become one of the most important players in his team with 8 goals in 17 matches and became the best League Two player in September 2023,” wrote the AFC official website, quoted Monday (11/12 /2023).
Ali Al-Hamadi is a player of Iraqi-British descent. The 187 cm tall player was born in Maysan Governorate, Iraq on March 1 2002. Even though he was born in Iraq, Ali Al-Hamadi spends most of his time in the United Kingdom. The reason is, he had joined Tranmere Rovers U-18 (England) and Swansea U-18, U-21 (Wales).
Then on November 20 2021, Ali Al-Hamadi joined the League One club or the third caste of the English League, Wycombe Wanderers. On 11 March 2022, Wycombe Wanderers decided to loan him to Bromley FC who play in the National League.
After being loaned to Bromley FC, Ali Al-Hamadi left Wycombe Wanderers to join AFC Wimbledon. It didn’t take long for him to immediately show impressive performance by scoring 10 goals and 5 assists from 18 appearances in League Two with AFC Wimbledon.
Thanks to his good performance with AFC Wimbledon, Ali Al-Hamadi also received a call to the senior Iraqi national team. So far, he has appeared in 11 matches and contributed 3 goals.
In fact, Ali Al-Hamadi became a nightmare when the Indonesian national team lost 1-5 to Iraq in the opening match of Group F of the second round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone. Because, he managed to score one goal even though he only played 11 minutes.