A picture taken on April 23, 2018, shows the campaign poster of Ahmed Radhi , a former Iraqi footballer, hanging in a street in Baghdad. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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In the sweltering heat of Mexico '86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq's football team in its sole World Cup Finals. But now, a third of a century later, they're just two of several former stars taking part in a very different contest – as parliamentary candidates in next month's elections.It's a view that Radhi, scorer of Iraq's only World Cup Finals goal, takes on board.Radhi's former teammate Gorgis is among a list of candidates fielded by "Abna al-Rafideyn," a group bringing together Chaldean Christians, Assyrians and Syriacs.Now administrator for the national team, Gorgis is running in the Kurdish city of Irbil and says he seeks to protect the interests of Christians.Standing up for the rights of his community is also what motivates Chaker Mohammad Sabbar, another former player on Iraq's national football team.
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