Anwar Uddin will make history on Wednesday night as the first assistant manager of an England men’s side hailing from Britain’s South Asian community.
Uddin, former skipper of Dagenham & Redbridge, who Sky Sports News revealed he was making history by joining the FA Council, is Paul Fairclough’s longtime assistant for England C’s non-league game with Wales C at Caernarfon Town.
A West Ham academy graduate and UEFA A license coach, Uddin previously played for Barnet and captained under Fairclough.
The game promises to be another special occasion for the British South Asian community in particular, with half of England C’s coaching staff of South Asian descent.
Pav Singh and Irfan Kawri, who are two of the most respected British South Asian coaches in English football, have joined Fairclough and Uddin as part of the support squad preparing England for this game. Balham FC manager Ebrahim Seedat is also part of the coaching support team.
Singh is a former Harrogate Town player and previously coached youth at Leeds United and Bradford City. The Sikh-Punjabi is currently assistant manager at West Yorkshire side Liversedge and also works as an FA coaching developer.
Kawri is the former assistant manager of the Zambia national team and has held various football positions at clubs across the English football pyramid including QPR, Wigan, Bolton, Burton and Chorley.
Uddin is the first Briton-Bangladeshi to play professional football in England and spent two and a half years as assistant manager to Danny Searle at Aldershot.
Talk to Sky Sports News After England’s 3-0 win over Ivory Coast at Wembley on Tuesday, Shin Aujla of the official Three Lions supporters group, Apna England, said: “We are so proud of Anwar, Pav and Irfan who are part of a really talented group of coaches coming out of the community.
“It’s not every day you see British South Asian boys wearing the three lions on their chest, let alone three of them wearing them! This will no doubt inspire people from all walks of life, but especially children and coaches from minority football communities.
“It’s really something to celebrate and it sends a message of hope. What great publicity for English football and coaching at a time when diversity is in the spotlight.”
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