Coaches

Foundation (Tier 1-3)

Syed Amir Zaidi
Manager

“At the age of 41, It dawned on me that it was unlikely that I would be picked up by any Premiership Scouts, despite my obvious talent. Having already mastered Subbuteo, Fantasy Football, and Pro Evolution Soccer I decided to try my hand at coaching.

In seriousness, Football can help young people with health, confidence and teamwork. By learning growth mindset principles in sport, kids can apply them to all aspects of their life to become role models for the next generation.”

Level 1 qualified coach and Tottenham fan – COYS

Raza Jaffery
Manager

“As the father of two young children, I am passionate about youth personal development. I feel through participating in sport children have the opportunity demonstrate and experience personal attributes, such as grit, resilience, perseverance. These attributes are extremely valuable in today’s world and I’m glad SJFA is providing our youngsters an opportunity to gain and demonstrate these attributes in a safe and welcoming environment.”
“Little things, make big things happen” – John Wooden

Tier 1 (U5/U6)

Syed Amir Zaidi
Manager

“At the age of 41, It dawned on me that it was unlikely that I would be picked up by any Premiership Scouts, despite my obvious talent. Having already mastered Subbuteo, Fantasy Football, and Pro Evolution Soccer I decided to try my hand at coaching.

In seriousness, Football can help young people with health, confidence and teamwork. By learning growth mindset principles in sport, kids can apply them to all aspects of their life to become role models for the next generation.”

Level 1 qualified coach and Tottenham fan – COYS

Riyaz Daya
Coach

Abbas Khatau
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

Father of 4 boys, passionate about football, happy to be part of a vibrant SJFA team
Football team: Arsenal. COYG

Murtaza Mavani
Coach

Tier 2 (U7/U8)

Raza Jaffery
Manager

“As the father of two young children, I am passionate about youth personal development. I feel through participating in sport children have the opportunity demonstrate and experience personal attributes, such as grit, resilience, perseverance. These attributes are extremely valuable in today’s world and I’m glad SJFA is providing our youngsters an opportunity to gain and demonstrate these attributes in a safe and welcoming environment.”
“Little things, make big things happen” – John Wooden

Hassan Rashid
Coach

“I’m a father of 3 sons, two of whom have benefitted from training with SJFA since the days at The Hive.  I have always loved football even though I never had the talent to play it.  I came to the game late in my life and although my ability never caught up with those around me it never dampened my enthusiasm for the game, the desire to work hard at it and improve.  The lessons I gained in teamwork and the friendships you make through football stay with you for the rest of your life and I’m excited to be a part of this learning experience for our boys.”

Mohsin Mawjee
Coach

Tauseef Kanji
Coach

Tier 3 (U9/U10)

Altaf Daya
Coach

“Passion about coaching, passionate about football, passionate about our community “

Sadiq Merali
Coach

“Sport and competition has always been an important part of our community life. SJFA encompasses the spirit of our community by bringing together our boys in a sporting environment. I am proud to be part of this and feel passionate about getting the younger boys, whatever their standard, to feel part of this club”

Mustafa Muraj
Coach

“Bringing my 2 sons for SJFA Training each week and watching the coaches instil sporting skills and sportsmanship values in the children, I caught the coaching bug. Watching these young boys playing with excitement and free spirit is so uplifting and makes it such a worthwhile cause. SJFA is a brilliant community scheme for our youth, not only helping to develop football skills but also creating bonds and friendships that will last through the years and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Development (Tier 4-6)

Fuad Musa
Manager
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Hands on leader enjoying every aspect of coaching from drills and man-management to matches. Focused on making training an enjoyable yet beneficial experience to all involved regardless of ability.”
Football Team: Manchester United

Kumail Jaffer
Manager
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Glad to have taken on the role of player-coach, having been involved with the playing side of SJFA for a number of years.
SJFA has come a long way in the recent past – and I want to help propel it forward further by helping develop the players – both technically and with their love of the game.”

Tier 4 (U11/U12)

Sabir Datoo
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Having conquered the Fantasy League world, I’ve now become a qualified football coach who is committed to the development of the players, both in football and socially.
With hard work and dedication, I plan to deliver a fun and successful journey for all!”
Team: Manchester Utd
“Little things, make big things happen” – John Wooden

Hussein Pirbhai
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Inside you must believe that you are the best player. Outside you must learn from others every single day.”

Shahid Abbas Jaffer
Coach

Zaamin Valjy
Coach

Jamil Merali
Coach

Jamil is a coach of tier 1 and enjoys working with the young kids. If he hadn’t had a career ending ACL injury whilst playing football, he would have been playing for the club he supports – Liverpool and made sure Gerard never slipped against Chelsea.

Tier 5 (U13/U14)

Kumail Jaffer
Manager
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Glad to have taken on the role of player-coach, having been involved with the playing side of SJFA for a number of years.
SJFA has come a long way in the recent past – and I want to help propel it forward further by helping develop the players – both technically and with their love of the game.”

Hassnain Suleman
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Coaching United for over 30 years from my armchair. Always promoting positive community growth.
Passionate about football”
Team: Manchester United

“Inside you must believe that you are the best player. Outside you must learn from others every single day.”

Shams Janmohamed
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

Tahir Alloo
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Vision for SJ kids: Just to come and play and enjoy themselves.  If we can win some trophies or medals along the way, then that’s a bonus.  Emphasis on enjoyment.
When I first came to this country in 1983 we didn’t really have a community, as the mosque was far and people lived all over the city.
Over the years, there was an effort made by one man to bring kids together through football.  He had designated areas where you could go and get a lift to Brunel University (our equivalent to The Hive), where we all played together.  Slowly we made friendships, and those friendships are still in place 30 years later.  So if one man could do this, then imagine what a team of people i.e. SJ can do for all.”

Yaseen Valjy
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Giving back to the community through my passion for football. Bleed Arsenal red right down to the bone.”

Abbas Ismail (Bruce)
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

“I love our community and our community projects. Managing Tier 3 for SJFA is another way for me to give back.
I like my teams to be very competitive and confident, but at the same time humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
My training motto: we back our skills, no matter who the opposition.”

Tier 6 (U15/U16)

Fuad Musa
Manager
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Hands on leader enjoying every aspect of coaching from drills and man-management to matches. Focused on making training an enjoyable yet beneficial experience to all involved regardless of ability.”
Football Team: Manchester United

Afzal Merali
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

Abbas Mavani
Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

Nazir Dewji
Coach

SJFC Adults

Abrar Mahay
Head Coach

Hussein Pirbhai
Assistant Head Coach
FA Level 1 Qualified

“Inside you must believe that you are the best player. Outside you must learn from others every single day.”