Omranzadeh: Esteghlal Players Suffer from Financial Problems
As economic problems have hit almost all sectors in Iran, football clubs are facing difficulties from a financial standpoint. Currently, 90% of clubs competing in Iran’s Premier League are indirectly managed by the Iranian government. In recent years, the government has failed to allocate enough budgets to clubs like past years.
Hanif Omranzadeh, Defender of Esteghlal, says the officials of the Tehran-based football club were unsuccessful to pay players’ salaries. Iran international believes that such issues don’t allow players to concentrate on their main career, football.
“A few months ago, one of the major sponsors of the team gave me a check, but I couldn’t convert it into cash. I need to pay my own debts to people, and this problem doesn’t let me concentrate on trainings. I hope the officials resolve this issue as soon as possible.” Omranzadeh told reporters on Saturday.
Hanif was linked with Qatari clubs during the pre-season transfer window. “I received tempting offers from Qatar-based teams. But I prefer to pursue my career at Esteghlal only because of my love and for the sake of fans.”
Regarding the conditions of Esteghlal ahead the new season of Iran Pro League, Omranzadeh said: “Luckily, we held constructive training sessions which helped us to gain more harmony and coordination. Around 80% of players have extended their contracts with the team, so we don’t have any problem in this field.”
Hanif started his youth career at Shahin Tehran. He impressed other teams in 2007-08 season with Pas, and finally moved to Esteghlal on July 2009. Omranzadeh is currently one of the key players of Esteghlal.