Former Iran Coach Ghotbi Appointed Assistant Coach of Curacao
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Former Iran and Persepolis coach Afshin Ghotbi has been named Curacao assistant coach.
Ghotbi has signed up to assist Curacao coach Patrick Kluivert for the Caribbean island’s World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador next month.
Ghotbi, who has previously held assistant coach roles with the United States and South Korea, had been out of work since he left Japanese club Shimzu S Pulse last year.
The 51-year-old was optimistic of success with the former Netherlands, AC Milan and Barcelona striker Kluivert, believing Curacao could surprise in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying having already knocked out Cuba in the previous round.
"He (Kluivert) is a fantastic guy and a global star, upcoming young coach," Ghotbi, who left the Iran job in 2011, told Japan’s Kyodo News.
"I will do my best to support him. Nobody expects this team to do well, so it would be a Cinderella story.
Curacao, who became FIFA members in 2011, host El Salvador on Sept. 4 with the return leg four days later.