Kafashian Questions the Quality of UAE Pro League
Ali Kafashian, the Chairman of Iran’s Football Federation, says UAE Pro League lacks enough quality and Iranian player should not accept offers from Emirates-based football clubs. Recently, the Football Federation of Emirates has changed the name of UAE Pro League to UAE Arabian Gulf League. The recent modification has made Iranians furious.
Addressing a group of reporters on Friday, Ali Kafashian said: “In my opinion, UAE Pro League doesn’t have enough quality and characteristic, so players from Iran and other countries should not play in that league.”
Over the past few months, a large number of Iranian football players have received tempting offers from Emirates-based clubs, but only one of them accepted the offer made by Al-Ajman FC. However, Mohammad Reza Khalatbari is also trying to cancel his contract mutually with this club.
“Regarding the quality, UAE Pro League cannot improve the playing styles of Iranian players. However, the football clubs of this country are taking advantage of massive sources of oil revenues, so they can allure young players from Iran and South American countries.” Ali Kafashian continued.
“Interestingly, most players turn down offers from UAE due to various reasons. As Iran national football team will take part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, our players will have a great chance to display themselves in this important international tournament.” Kafashian added.
Carlos Queiroz, the head coach of Team Melli, has already warned Iranian players against accepting incoming offers from UAE football clubs. Accordingly he believes that Iran Premier League has outstanding quality in compare to UAE Pro League.
The UAE Arabian Gulf League, which was founded in 1973, is the top professional football league in the United Arab Emirates. Ali Daei, Ali Karimi, Farhad Majidi and other Iran’s legendary football players have previously played for Emirates-based clubs in last decade.