ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Dalkurd FF recorded their second win of the season with a 3-0 win over Brommapojkarna in the Swedish first division on Saturday.
The Kurdish-affiliated Swedish football club was back to winning ways in Sweden’s Allsvenskan league after a six-week World Cup/Summer break.
After recording only five points from their first 11 matches before Saturday’s win, Dalkurd decided to replace manager Azrudin Valentic with former coach Johan Sandahl who is back for his third term at the club.
The change seems to have sparked life back into the club as top goalscorer Mohamed Turay was on target again, scoring the first goal of the match on four minutes.
Forward Ferhat Ayaz doubled Dalkurd’s lead on 28 minutes before Turay added a third moments later in the 35th.
Despite their efforts, Brommapojkarna were unable to find a way back into the match as Dalkurd held on for the win.
Dalkurd’s next match is against Trelleborgs FF on July 14 at 7:00 p.m. Erbil time.
Based in the Swedish city of Borlänge, Dalkurd was founded on Sep. 26, 2004, by nine Kurdish immigrants as a social project. The club has since built academies in both Sweden and the Kurdistan Region.
The team’s colors are symbolic of Kurdistan, with the Kurdish flag included in the crest on their shirts.
The club has bull-dozed its way up the ranks of Swedish football since their 2005 introduction in Tier Seven, winning five promotions in their first five seasons.
Now in the first level of Swedish football, Dalkurd faces the prospect of UEFA Champions League or Europa League qualification—an opportunity awarded to the top three teams in the Allsvenskan league.
However, with their recent form, the club will be hoping to avoid relegation and stay in the Swedish first division for another season.