Al Shorta will continue their bid to win their first ever Iraqi FA Cup with a two-legged round of 16 tie with Al Kahrabaa.
The Harps qualified for this round courtesy of a 6-1 aggregate win over lower division side Haifa in the round of 32, with Senegalese striker Alassane Diallo netting four goals across the two legs.
Meanwhile, Al Kahrabaa eased past Al Hindiya 4-1 on aggregate to set up this tie. The two teams were supposed to meet in the 2012-13 edition of the Iraqi FA Cup too but that tournament was cancelled before the tie could happen.
The Iraqi football transfer window has officially slammed shut, giving us the perfect opportunity to provide you with the full lowdown on Al Shorta's business for the 2018-19 campaign.
Saying goodbye to the club this summer are a total of twelve players. Goalkeeper Neriman Khedher has moved to Al Sinaat Al Kahrabaiya, while defenders Ali Lateef and Ahmed Mohammed as well as utility player Nabeel Sabah have joined Al Talaba. Ghanaian midfielders Asiedu Attobrah and Akwetey Mensah have both departed, with the latter also signing for Al Sinaat Al Kahrabaiya, while Ahmed Ayad has been released following his return from a loan spell at Al Quwa Al Jawiya. Four forwards have left the club, with Jefferson Araújo signing for Manaus, Abdul-Qadir Tariq moving to Al Talaba, Aqeel Khairi joining Al Sinaat Al Kahrabaiya and 2013-14 Iraqi Premier League winner Karrar Hameed leaving to Al Hudod. The final departure is not a permanent one but rather a loan as midfielder Mohammed Mohsen moves to Amanat Baghdad for the season.
Incoming are a total of eight new players. Three of those are defenders - Iraq international Mustafa Nadhim joins from Al Najaf, Ahmed Nadhim signs from Al Talaba and former France U-19 international Mamadou Wagué arrives from Ukrainian Premier League side Chornomorets Odesa. Three midfielders have been signed to strengthen the Harps' spine, with lifelong Al Shorta fan Saad Abdul-Amir and former Al Shorta player Amjad Atwan joining alongside former Burkina Faso international Maarouf Yussuf who arrives on a one-year loan deal from Al Zamalek of Egypt just a year after being called up for the Nigeria squad. Two forwards in Iraq international Mohammed Shokan and Senegalese frontman Alassane Diallo complete the new signings, meanwhile a Brazilian defender called Carlos Santos was also signed but was released shortly after due to injury.
The changes are not only on the pitch. Al Shorta's manager from the end of last season, Haitham Al-Shaboul, returns to his usual role as the club's assistant alongside Ahmed Salah with Montenegrin coach Nebojša Jovović becoming the new manager after a trophy-laden spell at Al Faisaly in Jordan. He has brought in Marko Jovanović as his fitness coach and Zoran Banović as his goalkeeping coach. Haider Abdul-Zahra, Saad Qais and Hashim Ridha retain their roles as medical officer, director of football and administrative director respectively.
Al Shorta have revealed their striking new home and away kits manufactured by Nike.
The Harps' new home kit is turquoise with detailed navy designs, while the away kit is the iconic purple colour with an orange sash across the front.
Both kits feature monochrome badges embroidered onto them, meaning Al Shorta will be the first Iraqi club ever to use monochrome logos on their strips.
The new kits have gone down very well with supporters who are delighted with the modern, professional look adopted for the coming season.
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