Radan creates equal opportunity for Erbil footballers
Obedience and strong performances let Kurdish players win Erbil coach’s satisfaction
friendly most of the times and his jokes have proven his humbleness," noted Muhsin.
Muhsin thinks his team is getting back on track especially after the crucial win over Duhok in the Iraqi elite league. Although some observers think it is hard for a European coach to lead a team in the middle of the season, others expect Radan, with the passage of time, to know more about the team and the nature of the local league system.
Arsanlan Abdullah, who writes for Erbil’s Sports Newspaper, said "In order to put an end to the sayings that Erbil is not paying attention to Kurdish footballers and in order to form a strong team, Erbil club management board needs to support Radan's plans. The fans are also needed to back the new manager by attending the matches as much as they can,"
Abdullah believes media should play a significant role in strengthening relations between the players and the coach on one hand and the fans with the team on the other hand. Radan inherits a team with several excellent footballers who also play for the Iraqi national, Olympic and Youth teams. One issue that may create obstacles in the way of achieving Radan's goals is the financial crisis Erbil is currently suffering from. "The Kurdish Government should never let the team down. Right now the team has financial problems and the only party that can solve the issue is the government." Abdullah warned.
To date, Erbil has played seven matches in the Iraqi Elite league. They have won four matches, tied twice and lost on one occasion. They come 12th with only 13 points but have four delayed matches.
Radan, born in 1967 is from Croatia. He has played for several clubs and managed several teams including Croatia youth national team, Rebica FC from Yugoslavia, Bahraini Al-Raffae FC, Etihad FC from UAE, Kuwait FC form Kuwait, Kuwait national team, Saudi Arabian Al-Nasir FC, Mareekh FC from Sudan, and Qadisiya FC from Kuwait.
This picture depicts Erbil Football Team.