Bray­ati wins Kur­dis­tan 1st Di­vi­sion league ti­tle

Two teams from the Kur­dish cap­i­tal pro­motes to premier league

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Zakaria Muhammed

Bray­ati Foot­ball Club played its last game against Sawra club in the Kur­dis­tan First Di­vi­sion on Jan­uary 21. Bray­ati won the match 1-0, with Hiwa Jalal scor­ing the only goal of the match in the 16th minute. Bray­ati was the bet­ter team through­out the match.

Al­though many at­tempts were made by both teams to score goals in the se­cond half, the re­sult re­mained un­changed and the match ended 1-0.

Af­ter 30 matches, Bray­ati col­lected 32 points and took the league ti­tle. With Bray­ati champions, Brusk FC fin­ished as run­ners up with 28 points.

Over the last decade, Bray­ati has suf­fered from the lack of a sta­dium, a short­age of play­ers, and ad­min­is­tra­tive and fi­nan­cial prob­lems. Most of its man­age­ment board have been work­ing as vol­un­teers be­cause they love the club and the sport in gen­eral.

When Bray­ati nei­ther scored goals nor achieved good re­sults with the play­ers and coach­ing staff of pre­vi­ous sea­sons, the club man­age­ment de­cided the team needed to be re­shaped.

Last year, sev­eral new foot­ballers were signed and sev­eral oth­ers tried out. The club in­tended to make a dramatic change in the squad, and it worked: the team’s per­for­mance was dra­mat­i­cally bet­ter this sea­son.

Za­gros Nanakaly, a Bray­ati Man­age­ment Board mem­ber, said “Our mis­sion will be very dif­fi­cult for the up­com­ing sea­son, as we have to com­pete against teams with pro­fes­sional play­ers. If we want to con­tinue to put in good per­for- mances, we have to con­tinue to mod­ify the team. That’s the only way to stay firm against our new op­po­nents in the premier league.”

Ac­cord­ing to Nanakaly, the club has been promised the funds to sign new play­ers by high po­lit­i­cal of­fi­cials from the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK). In ad­di­tion, other peo­ple have also showed their readi­ness to fi­nan­cially sup­port the club.

“We want to re­turn to our golden era once again and en­ter­tain our fans in the com­ing sea­son. I know many peo­ple have been wait­ing a long time to see Bray­ati play­ing in the premier league,” Nanakaly noted.

The Bray­ati club was founded in 1984 in the Kur­dish cap­i­tal, Er­bil. It has won the Kur­dis­tan premier league twice. Sarkar Ali Khan and Fad­hil Ab­bas, who played for the Iraqi na­tional team, are two of the big­gest stars who have played for Bra­yarti.

This sea­son, 16 teams par­tic­i­pated in the Kur­dis­tan First Di­vi­sion, all of them from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, from Er­bil, Duhok, Su­laimaniya and Kirkuk. The teams were not drawn into groups. The league had just one group, and all 16 clubs played each other twice on 30 oc­ca­sions. The two best teams, Bray­ati and Brusk, have moved up to the premier league while the worst two teams, Khanaqeen and Cham­chamal, were rel­e­gated to the se­cond di­vi­sion.

This Pic­ture de­picts Bray­ati Foot­ball Club.

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