The board of Team 11 Pty Ltd acknowledges and respects the decision of Football Federation Australia (FFA) to delay the process for expansion of the A-League.
The board accepts the nature of FFA’s decision in the wake of constitutional changes ratified at this month’s Extraordinary General Meeting and will wait for further news with regard to the awarding of a licence.
In other news, Team 11 confirms the appointment of Ghadir Razuki as the bid’s interim chair.
Razuki was born in London, returned to his family home in Baghdad a year later before permanently relocating to the UK as an eight-year-old.
He founded TNT Magazine before moving to Australia in 2005. He has previously had a taste of A-League ownership with Melbourne Heart.
Razuki said he and his fellow bid directors remain as committed as ever to ensuring the south-east of Victoria gains entry into the A-League.
“Delay or no delay, we have a plan and we are committed to executing it – be that for entry into the 2019-20 season or the 2020-21 season,” Razuki said.
“An incredible amount of work has gone into this submission thus far, particularly from the City of Greater Dandenong, the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire councils.
“And there is more work to do, we won’t be sitting on our hands while we await a decision.”
Team 11 Project Officer Matt Windley will continue to engage with local football clubs, as well as the wider south-east Victorian community, to generate further interest and excitement in the bid.
A large body of work in regards to Team 11’s infrastructure requirements has already been completed, but the bid team will continue to work with relevant stakeholders until such time that a decision about the awarding of a licence is made.
Gerry Ryan has previously been announced as Team 11’s major shareholder. Other shareholders that currently sit alongside he and Razuki will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
“I’m very pleased with our current group of investors,” Ryan said.
“It is a committed group that is passionate about football and also passionate about giving back to the region and the local community.”