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Brayati wins Kurdistan 1st Division league title.

Summary: Two teams from the Kurdish capital promotes to premier league

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 performances, 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.

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Publication:The Kurdish Globe (Erbil, Iraq)
Date:Feb 2, 2014
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