Following Ali Abbas’ departure from Sydney FC, the left-back has been quick to find a club for him to ply his trade for next season. Abbas’ contract was terminated through mutual agreement between the player and the Australian side after the player expressed his interest at moving abroad to the Far-East of Asia.
His transfer comes after a successful spell in Australia, where the 29 year old features over 75 times, scoring 8 goals and assisting many more. Sadly, the last two seasons of his were plagued with injuries, which resulted in him enduring a year out without playing any games. Remarkably, his return from injury saw him score on his first game back, much to the delight of Iraqi and Sydney FC fans.
The Iraqi was one of few national team footballers who deserted the squad and fled to seek asylum in Australia during a team visit. His spell in Australia was not without controversy either, with the player involved in a confrontation with a rival player, who used racist insults against the Iraqi. Prior to this. Nonetheless, it is expect that the player will remember his time at Sydney Fc fondly as he established himself as a fans’ favourite.
“I am very sad to be leaving Sydney FC but this is a good opportunity overseas. I have really enjoyed my time here and I am so proud to have represented the fantastic members and fans at Allianz Stadium. The support I have received throughout the years has made me proud to be a part of the Sky Blue family, and the club will always remain in my memory.” – Ali Abbas
The Iraqi took to Twitter this morning to announce his agreement with Pohang Steelers of the K League, South Korea’s top flight football league.
Pohang Steelers won the K League in 2013 but could only achieve a 3rd place finish last season. Their fortunes have not improved this year as they currently find themselves 5th in the league, 7 points off top place with 9 games played. Historically however, the club are a regional powerhouse having won the record number of AFC championships out of all of Asia.
Ali will be only the second non-Korean player in the current squad and will be the first Iraqi to play in the K League. It remains unknown whether Ali will feature this season or whether his contract will start at the start of the new season. We expect his shirt number to also be announced soon. Regardless, IraqFootball.me wishes Ali the best of luck on his new endeavour and hope to see him return to the national team setup after his extended absence.