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Iraq's Ridha named U-14 Championship MVP

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hamedan: Iraq’s dead-ball specialist and captain Mohammed Ridha has landed the Abdulla Al Dabal Most Valuable Player award at the AFC U-14 Championship 2014.

Ridhacaptained the Iraq side which won the title after registering a flawless 3-0 victory over DPR Korea on Wednesday.

The midfielder, who shone throughout the tournament, was a revelation thanks to his ever effective general play and his dead-ball brilliance. Radhi scored four goals in the competition, three of which were from set-pieces.

“I enjoy taking free-kicks, but it is not only the free-kicks which I focus, I train hard in every aspect," Ridha told

The Iraqi received a standing ovation from local Iran fans when he scored two identical free-kicks to dispose of host nation in the semi-finals.

Ridha added one more goal to his tally in the final, this time a brilliant volley that fizzed past DPR Korea goalkeeper Kim Kum-song.