Brayati FC reshapes squad
Team hopes for next season’s Iraqi domestic league and the AFC Cup
the Iraqi league title for the fourth time.
Erbil hopes to get on track for the title and win over its fans by showing a strong performance in the AFC Cup—the Iraqi Elite competition—over the next season. To do this, the team started the change by appointing Ayoub Odishio as head coach.
Odisho has coached AlTalaba and Al-Quwa AlJawiya, leading them to three trophies in the 19961997 season. The coach also spent a lengthy spell in Lebanon, where he managed Salam Zgharta, AlAkhaa Ahli Aley and Safa FC. He also trained Erbil in 2011.
Saadi Toma has been appointed Odisho’s assistant coach, and Jalil Zidane will be coaching the goalkeepers.
The team also announced several new bargain signings last week. The players that have joined the team so far include Saif Salman and Burhan Sahiyoni from Duho FC, Farhan Sahkur from Sulaimaniya FC, and Burhan Jumaa from Sawra FC.
According to Rebin Ramzi, Erbil FC’s media manager, Sahiyoni will play for Erbil in both the Iraqi league and the AFC Cup.
The 27 year-old Muneer is expected to have a positive impact on strengthening Erbil’s line of defence. He is an experienced player and has played for many top international clubs including Al-Jaish FC in Syria and Duhok FC in Iraq. He is also in the main squad of the Syrian national team.
Another good player Erbil wants to benefit from is Shakur, who showed a fantastic performance with the Iraqi Youth team at the Youth World Cup held in Turkey a few months ago.
Although Ramzi didn't reveal the details of the new players' contracts, he said all the footballers who recently joined Erbil will have an equal chance to fight for spots in the main squad.
Erbil has been struggling to translate its talent into results, prompting the management to seek changes. Ramzi also said that the team has released Hussein Abdulwahid, whose skills were not thought to be benefiting the team any more.
Releasing Ibrahim came as a surprise, because he is a talented young player and Erbil has benefited from his skills on many occasions.
After expressing its desire to sign Abdulwahid, the Iraqi league champions, AlShurta FC, added Abdulwahid to its lineup.
According to Ramzi, the team renewed the contracts of several players for next year including Amjad Radhi, Luay Salah, Jalal Hassan, Saad Abdulameer, Hawar Mullah Mohammed, Halgurd Mullah Mohammed, Diyar Rahman, Miran Kareem, Miran Khasro, Hardi Siyamand, Kosrat Bayez, Sarhang Mohsen, Nariman Khidhir, Sirwan Khidhir Dildar Khidhir, Barzan Shirzad and Dler Hatem.
Ramzi also revealed that the team had approached Jawad Kadhim and Ali Faez with a view to renewing their contracts with the team.