Srinagar: Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters has decided to not renew contract of long time assistant coach J&K’s Ishfaq Ahmed.
“With our 2022-23 season officially drawing to a close, we at Kerala Blasters prepare to bid goodbye to our long-time associate and current assistant coach Ishfaq Ahmed as his contract with us nears its completion this summer,” Kerala Blasters statement said.
Ishfaq Ahmed has been a constant both as a player and as a coach in the evolution of Kerala Blasters, since the very inception of the club. Having carved out a name for himself, as a great player in the country, by playing for some of the most notable Indian clubs, he joined Kerala Blasters in 2014. Soon after, his desire to impart the years of acquired football knowledge led him into the pathway of coaching, it said.
“In 2015, Ishfaq Ahmed started his coaching journey with us as a player-assistant. However, he would only return to the club in 2019 to take over the responsibilities of a full time assistant coach.Ishfaq leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Assistant Coach over the last 4 years. His place in the club’s history will always be special and he will forever be welcome back at Kerala Blasters as part of the Kerala Blasters family,” it further said.
Blasters have wished Ishfaq best for further and has also said that name of new assistant coach would be announced shortly.
“On behalf of the entire Kerala Blasters family, we wish Ishfaq all the very best in all his future endeavours.The announcement of our new assistant coach will be made in due course,” it added.