Er­bil FC re­leases Croa­t­ian coach, Radan

“How can I travel to city where 1500 peo­ple have been killed in the last month?”

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - Zakaria Muhammed

Er­bil Club Pres­i­dent, Ab­dul­lah Ma­jeed, de­clared that the club re­leased the Croa­t­ian coach Radan in a press con­fer­ence held in Er­bil on June 2.

Ma­jeed said” About 45 days ago, Radan in­formed us that he is not ready to travel with Er­bil team to Bagh­dad due to in­sta­bil­ity of se­cu­rity con­di­tions. We tried hard to con­vince him that noth­ing would hap­pen to him, but he in­sisted on his de­ci­sion,”

Al­though Radan was promised by Er­bil club of­fi­cials to have per­sonal se­cu­rity de­tails and was given free­dom to travel through air, he re­it­er­ated that he can’t con­tinue work­ing with the club.

“We can’t re­ally oblige Radan to travel to Bagh­dad, but the only thing we can do is re­spect­ing his de­ci­sion.”

Ma­jeed re­fused the re­lease of Radan to have any­thing to do with the club’s re­sults at the Asian Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. He said it is only re­lated to se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tions in Bagh­dad. The team is cur­rently run by Radan’s as­sis­tant, Omer Ma­jeed. The club pres­i­dent said that the club is not in hurry of hir­ing a new coach. When Radan was asked why he does not want to ac­com­pany with Er­bil to Bagh­dad, Radan said “How can I travel to a city where 1500 peo­ple have been killed in the past month? I am re­ally afraid of my life. Af­ter I talked to my fam­ily, I fi­nally de­cided to end my con­tract with Er­bil.”

Radan joined to Er­bil FC in De­cem­ber 2012 and his deal with Er­bil was for one sea­son and he was only re­ceiv­ing a monthly salary. Ad­di­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, Er­bil also pro­vided Radan with meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Fi­nally, af­ter an­nounc­ing the re­lease of Radan, Er­bil club pres­i­dent, of­fi­cials and play­ers, ac­knowl­edged the coach’s ef­forts in lead­ing the team for the past year.

Radan was born 1967 in 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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iraq

© PressReader. All rights reserved.