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Hafiz Ahmed confident of getting London APSA back on track after difficult couple of years

PUBLISHED: 14:30 24 August 2017

Hafiz Ahmed issues instructions to his players (pic: Manor Youth FC).

Hafiz Ahmed issues instructions to his players (pic: Manor Youth FC).

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Former Manor Youth coach has returned to old club to take charge of first-team in Essex Alliance League this season

New London APSA manager Hafiz Ahmed may only be 21 years of age, but the young boss has big plans to take the club forward again.

Ahmed returns to APSA after spending last season as Head of Youth at Manor Youth.

The talented coach has previous with the new team, however, after spending four years in charge of various age groups at the club.

As things stand, APSA are set to compete in the Essex Alliance League Premier Division, but Ahmed already has big plans for his squad.

“I will build this new team around the ethos of giving youth an opportunity,” said the new boss.

“I especially want youngsters coming from the Newham community and areas such as Manor Park, East Ham and Plaistow in particular.

“There is a lot of young talent with great technical ability in the area, but they get overlooked by local semi-professional sides due to their physical ability.

“For me it is all about building a team from youth, letting them get used to the system and slowly work on our own philosophy and identity and move forward with it.”

APSA last competed in the Essex Senior League during the 2015-16 campaign, under the name of Newham FC, and after finishing bottom, they opted to resign from the division and spent last season in the Essex Olympian.

But now with a familiar face back in charge of first-team matters, the hope is the club can return to the Essex Senior League in time with the young Ahmed, who is thankful to the club for giving him this chance.

He added: “APSA in recent years has had a downfall, however, the club is taking a big gamble on me.

“They have given a 21-year-old the opportunity to manage at this level where a lot of other clubs wouldn’t.

“Because of that, I want to repay the club by being the one who is known for putting APSA back on the map and helping the club rise once again.

“I return to APSA with big ambitions, firstly to secure sponsorship and funding for the club to return to the Essex Senior League and I am already in talks with some local businesses.”


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