TEHRAN (Tasnim) Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz said that the Iranian sports officials had to attend the Team Mellis goodbye ceremony. - Sports news - Iran national football team left Tehran for Doha on Monday to hold a training camp in the country but the top officials didn't attend the ceremony.
"Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger," Queiroz told reporters.
"We are going to make the Iranian people happy but I think, as the players said, the sports minister had to come here to see off the team before leaving Iran to participate at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup," the Portuguese added.
The Iranian national football team will be based in Doha from December 17-24, with a friendly against Qatar also part of the training plan.
Three-time champion Iran is in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 with Iraq, Yemen and Vietnam.