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‘It’s not really about winning awards,’ says coach Rahman

10 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Taff Rahman with N’Golo Kante just after the Chelsea star was named Player of the Year at the London Football Awards earlier this year

FORMER Arsenal youth player Taff Rahman has been shortlisted for the Asian Football Awards, which take place at Grange St Paul’s Hotel in central London on Tuesday, writes Steve Barnett.

The 33-year-old, who is originally from Bangladesh and now lives in Swiss Cottage, will tackle Leicestershire FA coach Nimesh Patel and Riteesh Mishra, the head coach at Charlton Ladies, for the Coach of the Year gong.

“It’s obviously very exciting and an honour to have made the shortlist,” said former Tottenham coach Taff, who is now a coach educator for the Football Association.

“To be honest, for me, it’s not really about winning awards. Yes, it’s nice to be recognised for my work, but the important thing is to be given a platform so that I can help inspire and encourage others to keep working hard and pushing for their goals.”

If he’s successful, Taff won’t have long to celebrate the triumph. Just days later he’s flying back out to China where he is currently spearheading a series of coaching workshops for the FA.

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