Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has sent his condolences to the Iraqi Football Association and the family and friends of former Olympic team goalkeeper Karar Ibrahim who passed away at the age of 25 on Thursday.
The AFC President said: “On behalf of the whole Asian football family, please accept my heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the passing of Karar Ibrahim.
“He will always be remembered for his passion for the game, his great talent and promise and his contributions towards Iraq football,” added Shaikh Salman.
Ibrahim was one of the most promising goalkeepers in Iraqi football, having represented the West Asians in various age-group competitions, with his pinnacle achievement coming in 2016 when he was part of the side that finished third in the AFC U23 Championship in Qatar to clinch their spot as one of three Asian teams in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Carrying his fine form into club football, he was also a commanding presence between the posts for Iraqi Premier League side Al-Mina'a Sports Club, having amassed more than 100 appearances from 2009 to 2018, with his most notable season coming in 2015 when he helped the Basra based club to a fourth place finish.
He also featured for Naft Al-Junoob SC before returning to rivals Al-Mina'a and eventually secured a move to Al-Talaba Sports Club.
The thoughts and prayers of the AFC and the rest of the Asian football community are with the family and friends of Ibrahim, the Iraqi Football Association and the Iraq football community during this difficult time.