One Retires, One Fails – Again
Posted on September 29, 2006
Filed Under Blues News
This article doesn’t have any big news in it but I’ve tried to follow Njazi Kuqi as much as I can since he left St Andrews. If you search for his name via the search bar on the right-hand side, you’d probably find quite a few articles about him being rejected by a plethora of clubs. Some of those articles might’ve also been lost after the big server crash of ‘06!
Anyway, the point is that he’s been training with Ipswich Town over the past few weeks. In fact, since we released him – and we tried to loan him out several times before that – he’s been trawling around lower-league clubs and one or two in Europe trying to bag himself a contract.
When we signed him, we were promised that he was better than his brother and very much “one for the future.” A quick search for Njazi shows that he has represented four clubs. FC Lahti in Finland then us (I bet they snapped our hand off when we offered £300,000!) then a couple of loan deals – one at Blackpool and one at Peterborough United.
But I’ve read several articles over the months stating that he’s been rejected by this club and that club (and even a second division Dutch side at one point!) He scored a hat-trick for Ipswich Town reserves on Monday and still wasn’t offered a contract. I’ve never see Njazi play but I’d be interested in anyone who did.
Following his career has become a rather sad and pathetic hobby for me and I can’t wait for the day he finally signs a professional contract with someone as I’m quite sure that then and there, I’ll find myself a ’second’ club to follow. I currently don’t have a second English team like most people tend to do. I’m not sure why I’m so bothered…
There’s also some international Blues news doing the rounds. Blues have had several players called up to the England youth set-ups and whilst I’m happy about that, I tend not to blog them since I can’t say anything about them that other sites can’t. I do at least try and keep the blog filled with odd tidbit that can’t be found anywhere else!
The main piece of international news is that Blues 31 year old centre-back Radhi Jaidi has decided to retire from international football. The 88 time capped Tunisian has cited Tunisia’s poor form during the World Cup as well as a bad result against Mauritius as the reasons for his retirement plans. He has stated that he will not go back on his retirement.
Of course, this can only be good news for Blues. I hate international weekends when we’re not sure if all our players will come back unscathed. I can only imagine what it’s like for an Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United when they have all eleven of their first team away on international duty… checking all the results for injuries, substitutions and so on must be a nightmare. I must confess that I tend to do it for Blues players… are you getting the point that I’m a little bit of an anorak?
Although to be honest Jaidi’s retirement doesn’t help me since I’ll still have to check on Tunisia for Mehdi Nafti! They could’ve at least retired together!