Rehman: ‘United move was a no-brainer’

By Will Astbury

Zesh Rehman’s brother has claimed that the footballer made the right decision when he agreed to be transferred to a new club in Thailand.

Riz Rehman, who is the CEO of the Zesh Rehman Foundation – a charity organisation which operates in Bradford and Manchester, described to Manchester Mouth how his brother’s transfer to Muangthong United came about and why it was the right move for the footballer.

Apparently the offer for Zesh, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League and was Bradford captain at the time, came as a surprise to both the player and his people…

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Rehman expands Asian sport charity

By Will Astbury

Former Bradford City captain Zesh Rehman has extended the services of his sporting charity to schools in Manchester.

The 27-year-old footballer, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, signed for Thai side Muangthong United in late December but before he left took the time to establish the Zesh Rehman Foundation’s (ZRF) first project in the North West.

The Foundation is now running the Onside programme at Kassim Darwish Grammar School For Boys (KD), an Islamic independent school in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, to teach youngsters more about the sport and hopefully to coach them into being the future stars of tomorrow.

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Amaechi opens-up on gay issues

VERY few celebrities from the sporting world have come out as gay.

However, Manchester’s own basketball star John Amaechi, 39, is one man who was brave enough to stand up and become a role model to millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youngsters around the world.

In April 2009 author David Watters interviewed Amaechi, who played for the likes of Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz and famously rejected a $17 million contract from LA Lakers, for his new book ‘Never Blend In: The Harvey Milk Legacy’ – a inspirational collection of interviews with a number of gay celebrities.

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Amir Khan backs Andy Murray

AMIR Khan has said that Andy Murray can go all the way at Wimbledon this year.

The Bolton boxer, who is the current WBA World light welterweight champion, claimed that his “good friend” has got what it takes to beat Rafael Nadal in the men’s semi final later today.

“Watched Andy Murray get through to the semis and I wish him all the best against Nadal,” Khan wrote on his blog.

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Khan excited by Hatton fight

TASIF Khan has revealed that he is looking forward to fighting on the Matthew Hatton undercard.

The Yorkshire boxer is making his Bolton debut before the big Hatton fight on Friday 16 July 2010 and also said that this could be the biggest test of his career.

“Its a fight I am really looking forward to and I am really excited. I have had a few set backs in the past, with fights being delayed and cancelled,” Khan, who will be fighting just before Ricky Hatton’s younger brother takes to the ring, told Manchester Mouth.

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City hosts disabled footie contest

DISABLED children from across the region took part in the finals of a wheelchair football tournament thanks to Manchester City FC.

The One City PAN disability tournament, which is part of the football club’s City in the Community scheme, was played out on Friday 25 June 2010 by KS3 and 4 pupils from Manchester schools.

The four verses four competition was contested at Platt Lane, home of City’s Youth Academy.

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City release international trio

MANCHESTER City has announced that it will not be renewing the contracts of three of its international stars.

The football club has decided that Martin Petrov, Sylvinho and Benjani will be allowed to negotiate fresh deals with new clubs as their contracts with The Blues have run out.

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