Rayhan Noor has taken up the role of assistant manager of West Ham Women’s U18s and is expected to be on board for Sunday’s trip to play London City Lionesses Development side.
East Londoner Noor is part of a group of highly-rated aspiring coaches from diverse national backgrounds working at West Ham United – with fellow manager of South Asian heritage Mo Ali also making great strides working in the club’s famous ‘Soccer Academy’ under mentored by academy director Ricky Martin and his assistant Kalam Mooniaruck.
Former club striker Carlton Cole also coaches at the academy, while long-time UEFA A license coach Stephen Opoka is in charge of the Women’s U21 team and is the only Women’s Super League academy manager of a different ethnicity.
British-Bangladeshi Noor is expected to get opportunities this season to work alongside Opoka and the U21 side, which feed directly into West Ham’s WSL first team.
The 23-year-old, who hails from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, is a candidate for a UEFA B license and holds an FA Level 2 talent recognition qualification.
Noor spent a season working with the U14s under Nick Crickmar and Taylor Gillings, and was asked to stay on next year to work with Dominic Edwards and the U16s team. He is reunited with Gillings who manages the U18s.
Yusuf is preparing for an administrative return
Hounslow Women are set to appoint Ruudy Yusuf in a move that will see the East Londoner become the only British manager of South Asian heritage in the top four divisions of the men’s or women’s game.
Youssef – who previously worked under Jamie O’Hara and was recently appointed by West Ham Women’s manager Paul Konchesk at Billericay Town – parted company with Harlow Town earlier this month after a year in charge at his club Essex.
Sky Sports News understands former Harlow Town Ladies coaches Junior Ndigwe Kings and Ethan Barr will join Yusuf in Hounslow.
Hounslow are away in a Division 1 South East clash at Wymondham Town this weekend.
Nadia Khan enters the Pakistan record books
Doncaster Rovers Belles star Nadia Khan wrote her name into folklore after becoming the first Pakistan women’s player to score four goals in an international match.
Khan scored all four goals in the second half before providing an injury assist in Pakistan’s 7-0 South Asian Football Confederation (SAFF) Championship win over the Maldives in Nepal.
Sky Sports News revealed late last month that Khan’s paperwork had been completed, allowing the Rovers Belles striker to fly to Kathmandu to link up with her new Pakistan team-mates, who were returning to international action after eight years.
Khan, who qualifies to play for Pakistan due to her parents’ heritage, became one of the first British-Pakistani women ever to play for the national team when she made her SAFF debut in the opening game defeat to India .
Khan rose to fame when she scored a 45-yard screamer – billed as a first-time contender for the FIFA Puskas Best Goal Award – for Rovers Belles against Solihull Moors on the final day of last season.
The 21-year-old is a former Leeds United Girls’ Center of Excellence player who has been playing for the Rovers Belles since 2018.
Football unites behind local team Blackburn
Blackburn Rovers joined hands with the Sky Sports and Sporting Equals partnership and Watford on Tuesday night to stand in solidarity with local side Euro Garages FC.
Euro Garages FC players were targeted by members of the opposition at a local Blackburn league match last month, with disturbing images of the match captured on CCTV and widely circulated on social media.
Sky Sports News’ British South Asians head of football Dev Trehan contacted Blackburn Rovers integration and development manager Yasir Sufi following the incident to express his concern, with the pair determined to try and offer some support to Euro Garages FC after the traumatic event.
They decided to schedule a meeting at Ewood Park for Tuesday’s visit to Watford, giving everyone a chance to meet in person, share experiences and learn from each other.
Watford’s Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Dave Messenger and Alan Lau – founder of the ESEA Hornets supporters group – also lent their support in a game which ended 2-0 to the home side.
A Euro Garages FC coach said: “It was a really good experience and a great example of unity. It was an amazing gesture, especially when nobody had to do anything. To acknowledge what happened and give us a chance to come together like this is great .”
Blackburn’s Sufi said: “It was an amazing day, which saw us all come together to make a difference. The hope is that this can be the start of many more positive things to come. When we work together, we win together. “
ESEA Hornets founder Lau added: “I felt it was important for me to be here to represent Watford and stand in solidarity with my fellow Asians in the game.”
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