Local lad Asif replaces Anwar Ali in Mumbai City FC

Mumbai-born Mohammed Asif Khan had turned heads in the open trials last year for the Islanders’ U-18 side; head coach Jorge Costa calls him "raw talent".

Asif Khan had turned heads in the open trials last year for the Islanders’ U-18 side.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

 

Eighteen-year-old Mohammed Asif Khan replaced defender Anwar Ali in the Mumbai City FC squad for the ongoing edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).

The Mumbai-born attacking midfielder had turned heads in the open trials last year for the Islanders’ U-18 side. He racked up four goals and two assists for the U-18 side in I-League 2018-19. One of his four strikes from last season, against Iron Born FC, was voted by the fans as the club’s best goal in 2019 across all the Islanders’ teams, winning the 2019 MCFC Goal Cup.

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“Asif is a raw talent and has tremendous potential. He has been training with the senior side since the start of the season and had impressed us with his abilities during the sessions. I believe that his urge to win and his nature to prove himself on the field will make him an asset for us in the side,” said Mumbai City FC head coach Jorge Costa.

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Anwar was recently diagnosed with a medical condition. “It is a difficult moment for young Anwar. He will be undergoing an evaluation with further tests to determine the exact nature of his condition. All of us at Mumbai City FC along with the AIFF are doing everything we can to help him,” said Club CEO Indranil Das Blah.

Mumbai will take on FC Goa at the Mumbai Football Area on Thursday.

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