The Jordan Football Association has accused the Iran’s women team of fielding a man as their goalkeeper for their crucial qualifier against Jordan. Ironically, the goalkeeper by name, Zohreh Koudaei, came to his teams rescue by making two crucial saves in a penalty shoot-out against Jordan to qualify them for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
The aftermath of the game has now been shrouded in a thick cloud of controversy after the President of Jordan’s Football Association, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussei, has called for the gender of Zohreh Koudaei, the Iran goalkeeper to be looked into.
This is not the first time Zohreh Koudaei is representing her country as she previously represented her country in the Asian Cup qualifiers in the past. Her national team however is denying all allegations of wrong doing and misconduct.
The Iranian team coach, Maryan Irandoost, has also dismissed the accusation.
‘The medical staff have carefully examined each player on the national team in terms of hormones to avoid any problems in this regard, and so I tell all fans not to worry,’ she told Iranian media.
‘We will provide any documentation that the Asian Confederation of Football wishes without wasting time.’ Irandoost went on to say that the accusation is Jordan’s attempt to excuse their defeat.
‘These allegations are just an excuse not to accept the defeat against the Iranian women’s national team,’ she continued. ‘The Jordanian team considered themselves the big favourite to qualify… and when they lost.. it was natural to seek relief under false pretenses and to escape responsibility for this failure’.