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.
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.