Duhok FC sacks coach­ing staff

Duhok FC of­fi­cially de­clared on Sun­day De­cem­ber 1 that they had de­cided to dis­miss their head coach, Fa­jir Ibrahim, and his as­sis­tant, Khalid Muham­mad Sab­bar.

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Zakaria Muhammed

Af­ter play­ing four games in this sea­son’s Iraqi pre­mier league, Duhok Foot­ball Club have de­cided to dis­miss their head coach, Fa­jir Ibrahim, and his as­sis­tant, Khalid Muham­mad Sab­bar. The de­ci­sion came af­ter the club lost 5-0 to last year’s Iraqi league cham­pi­ons, Al Shorta.

Los­ing so badly to Al Shorta up­set the club’s man­age­ment and the fans as well. It was un­be­liev­able for ev­ery­one to see their club per­form­ing so badly in com­par­i­son with their good show­ing in re­cent sea­sons.

“Duhok has gone through a bad time and has been un­able to score good records. It was to pre­vent the club record­ing fur­ther poor re­sults in the do­mes­tic league that the man­age­ment board held an ur­gent meet­ing at which they de­cided to ter­mi­nate the con­tracts of the head coach and his as­sis­tant,” said Sameer Bar­wary, Duhok FC’s pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager.

Duhok ap­pointed Syr­ian coach Fajr Ibrahim in Fe­bru­ary, 2013, charg­ing him with main­tain­ing Duhok’s pres­sure at the top of the Iraq League ta­ble, which is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Al Shorta, as well as with tak­ing Duhok to the con­ti­nen­tal level. How­ever, Fajr Ibrahim did not prove suc­cess­ful in the post.

Bar­wary re­vealed that Duhok is cur­rently in dis­cus­sion with the for­mer Al Shorta club coach, Thaer Jas­sam, about his tak­ing on the team.

Duhok FC has col­lected only nine points af­ter six matches, and is in fifth place in the Iraqi Pre­mier League.

The club played in ru­ral leagues class un­til it de­cided to sus­pend its ac­tiv­i­ties in 197475 in or­der to de­fend the rights of Kur­dish peo­ple in Iraq.

In 1976, Duhok foot­ball team played in the Iraqi third di­vi­sion. From 1978 to 1990 the team was in the sec­ond di­vi­sion. The team did not par­tic­i­pate in the league dur­ing the 1990–91 sea­son be­cause of the up­ris­ing. The team re­sumed its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fourth di­vi­sion dur­ing the 1992–93 sea­son, be­ing pro­moted to the third di­vi­sion a year later. In the 1993–94 sea­son, the club par­tic­i­pated in the third di­vi­sion and was pro­moted yet again, this time to the sec­ond di­vi­sion. The 1994–95 sea­son was a tri­umphant sea­son for Duhok, as they won the sec­ond di­vi­sion and qual­i­fied to play in the Iraqi first di­vi­sion in the 1995–96 sea­son. Duhok re­mained in the first di­vi­sion dur­ing the 1996–97 sea­son.

In the 1997–98 sea­son, Duhok se­cured pro­mo­tion to the Iraqi pre­mier league for the first time in its his­tory by win­ning the first di­vi­sion. Since then, Duhok has spent many years in mid-ta­ble ob­scu­rity, only oc­ca­sion­ally chal­leng­ing the top Iraqi sides.

How­ever all this changed af­ter the invasion of Iraq, which brought lib­er­a­tion and free­dom for all Kur­dish sport teams and per­son­al­i­ties, who went on to ex­cel in both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Duhok fi­nally re­al­ized its full po­ten­tial dur­ing the 2009–10 sea­son, when they won their first ever Iraqi pre­mier league cham­pi­onship, beat­ing Tal­aba 1–0 in the fi­nal game. Since then, the team were run­ner­sups in the 2011–12 sea­son, qual­i­fy­ing for the AFC cup for the sec­ond time in its his­tory. The last time Duhok played in the AFC cup (in 2010– 11), they reached the quar­ter-fi­nals.

This Pi­cure de­picts Duhok Foot­ball Club.

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