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28 I SPORT Passion Islam I October 2008
Bradford City appoint
Muslim scout
Bradford City Football Club has appointed minded.”
its first Muslim/Asian talent scout. Khalil Mr Hussain said Bradford harboured
Hussain has been asked to identify and a lot of potential talent.
develop budding soccer stars within “Why should the Premier League
the district’s Asian/Muslim communities clubs come here and sign our best
who are capable of making it into the young players?” he asked. “But this is
professional game. Mr Hussain, an not just about young Asian players. It
inclusion officer at Springwood Primary does not matter whether youngsters are
School, will spend evenings and weekends Asian, black or white British – it’s about Peter Horne, the Bantams’ Centre
searching for talent in inner-city areas whether they can play football.” of Excellence manager, said the club
including Manningham, Girling-ton and Chris Casper, youth team manager, had been active in recent years to get
West Bowling. said the new development was “massively members of Asian communities involved
Although the Bantams already employ important”. with their community programmes.
coaches from the Asian community, Mr He said: “There is obviously a big “It is very important to the club as it’s
Hussain is the first to be appointed to a interest in the Asian community in football important to have interaction with different
specific scouting role. which is great to see. The more members communities,” he said.
He said: “It’s a great honour as a of the Asian community that we can “It helps break down barriers and there
Bradford lad. I am a football fan and we interest in Bradford the better, as it will is a lot of talent there to be tapped into,”
now have a realistic way of getting lads add to the popularity of the football club. he said.
through to the club. I am looking for an “We are hopefully now in a society So far the club has six Asian prospects
Asian star of the future. where everyone gets a fair crack of the on their books: Hamzia Khan, ten, Shiraz
“This is long overdue but it’s credit to whip. If they can play football we will be Khan, Leon Khan, both 11, Abdul Hakimy,
the club. The club today is very community- interested.” 12, and Khalifa Aqueeb, 15
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International Cricket Council much had been made of the
CEO Haroon Lorgat has big divide in cricket that I was
dismissed suggestions that prepared to tread very warily,”
cricket is on the verge of split he told Business Day.
between Asian and Western “But since I have been
nations. here, I have not seen any sign
Cricket appeared to be of it. I have seen India and
heading for a major crisis England take sides on some
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competition to proceed as countries who decided to pull
planned. out of the Champions Trophy
The tournament was for security reasons might look
eventually postponed until back on their decision with
next year, but doubts remain regret.
as to whether the ICC will be “The country did not blow
able to fit it into its already full up; it is still there and there
programme. have not been any further
South African Lorgat incidents,” he added.
insists “there is no great divide “Perhaps those countries
in cricket”. might now look back and think
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“I was very wary of this they made the wrong decision
whole thing when I came to in deciding not to go.”
Dubai to take up my post. So
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