Kerala Blasters have announced the appointment of Rajah Rizwan as the club’s new Academy and Women’s Team Director.
Rizwan will have overall leadership and responsibility for the strategy and operations across all academy functions. This appointment builds on the work already undertaken in recent years by the management to create the structures, processes and culture to deliver sustained success on the pitch.
Kerala Blasters has been consistent in its endeavour to encourage and empower young players over the last few years. There is a coordinated long-term vision and approach to player and squad development to maintain a link between the first team and academy. With Rizwan’s addition, there will be greater focus on further streamlining the youth structure at the club. This will include a deeper integration of the GV Raja Sports Academy and Young Blasters programs into the club’s academy pathway, in line with the club’s direction and vision.
In addition to the academy, Rizwan takes on a new role to lead the development, implementation and launch of the Kerala Blasters Women’s Team later in the year.
“I am extremely happy and proud to have joined Kerala Blasters. This is a very exciting moment for me. I am aware of the expectations, I know the level and I know the stature of the Club and what it deserves and I am ready for that challenge, I have already started working and got familiarized with everyone at the club. The enthusiasm and culture is excellent, so it’s giving me more energy and I feel extremely happy about it. I want to thank the club for the opportunity and trust shown in me and I sincerely believe that we can achieve the goals together to make all the stakeholders proud,” said an elated Rajah Rizwan
“I would like to share my biggest congratulations to Rizwan after he replaced the former director and took charge of our academy. In addition to that he will be taking care of the women’s team. We have so many things to do in these sectors, so I’m very happy to move forward together with such an ambitious professional like Rizwan,” said Kerala Blasters sporting director Karolis Skinkys.
In his new role, Rizwan will report to the sporting director Karolis Skinkys and will work closely with Academy technical director Tomasz Tchorz and the rest of the academy staff.