The Bachar Houli Foundation has appointed Mohammed Kaakour as its first designated coach for its Junior Boys and Senior Boys Acadamies.

Kaakour has previously worked with the Foundation’s Academies on a voluntary basis, but his new role sees him formally join the Foundation’s ranks and solidifies his position as a key figure in developing the young talent that comes thorugh the Bachar Houli Acadmies.

It is an absolute honour to be announced as the first Bachar Houli Academies Coach,” Kaakour said.

“There are so many coaches out there, to be chosen is a privilege. Me as a person who lives, breathes and loves football, it is a great opportunity to give back to the community by simply passing on a little bit of knowledge I’ve been able to aquire through my playing and coaching days.

“For me firstly, working with the Bachar Houli Foundation gives me the opportunity to continue to get closer to Allah SWT through the program’s work around identity and religion.

“Secondly, it’s given me the opportunity to work around some really good people who I know on a personal basis like Ali Fahour and Ahmad Saad.

“The opportunity to work alongside someone like Bachar Houli who a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to meet, let alone work with, is one that I am very grateful for.

“I’m about teaching and developing kids. Seeing them grow, not only as good footballers but into really good people in everyday life, this is what this program provides and continues to teach.

“I feel very privileged to be a part of it.”

Kaakour, 41, comes with a wealth of experience, with nine years of coaching under his belt, including an under 19.5s Premier Division Premiership with Maribyrnong Park FC.

Kaakour is currently coaching Westmeadows FC in EDFL Division 1 and is looking to build on his side’s finals finish last season.