Mohammad Mayelikohan Appointed Iran U-23 Technical Director

Mohammad Mayelikohan Appointed Iran U-23 Technical Director

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Former Iranian national football team coach Mohammad Mayelikohan has been appointed as technical director of the Iranian Under-23 football team on Sunday.

Mayelikohan and Mohammad Khakpour, who was named as the new head coach of the U-23 football team, will be reunited in the team.

The duo has worked together in Team Melli in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup, where they finished in third place.

Mayelikohan was also appointed as head coach of the Iran U-23 football team in 2003 but was resigned as his position two months later to become head coach of Iran Pro League side Saipa.

Iran is preparing itself to participate in the AFC U-23 Championship 2016, where the team has been drawn in Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Palestine, and Afghanistan.

The AFC U-23 Championship 2016 will serve as the Olympic Games qualifiers in every alternate edition. The top three teams from the 2016 edition will represent Asia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Iran has not participated in the Olympics since 1976 Montreal.