By Ahura Mujuni Mark and Agencies
The friendly match between Uganda and Iraq has been cancelled.This comes after Iraq was banned from hosting any more games until further notice.
The Cranes had secured an international friendly with Iraq in Baghdad next Tuesday as they prepare for next Saturday’s first leg of the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) against Tanzania next Saturday.
Fifa reportedly stopped Iraq from holding any friendly football matches due to soaring violence in the country, according to the Iraq News Agency (AIN), the game will now not take place.
“We received a notification from Fifa to stop hosting any friendly matches in stadiums in Iraq at the current time, and until further notice, due to the wave of violence,” Naim Saddam, an Iraq Football Association (IFA) official was quoted as saying.
In the latest wake of violence in Iraq ,dozens of people were killed this week and many others injured in a series of bomb attacks and shootings that seem to have concentrated around public places.
The violence comes amid what is considered one of the deadliest streaks on record for the Middle Eastern country, and a reversal in a trend that has seen violence in recent years.
A total of 761 Iraqis were killed and another 1,771 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in June, according UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Of those killed, 685 were civilians, including 131 civilian police. An additional 76 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were also killed.
Out of the 1,771 wounded, the vast majority – 1,610 including 221 civilian police – were civilians.