ISL: Cahill to miss Jamshedpur FC's first away match

The Australian will not feature in Jamshedpur FC’s opener against Mumbai City FC on Tuesday, due to a retrospective disciplinary action initiated by Football Association during his stint with England club Millwall.

Jamshedpur FC player Tim Cahill is contracted with the franchise till March 2019.   -  Special Arrangement

Indian Super League (ISL) fans will need to wait patiently for World Cup 2018 midfielder Tim Cahill’s first appearance on the Indian soil. The Australian, famous for goals from snap headers, will not feature in Jamshedpur FC’s opener against Mumbai City FC on Tuesday, due to a retrospective disciplinary action initiated by Football Association during his stint with England club Millwall.

Cahill was suspended for three matches after video evidence showed him elbowing opponent Ryan Fredericks of Fulham. He was benched for the next two Millwall matches in England and after moving to ISL on a free transfer to JFC, he will serve out the suspension at the Mumbai Football Arena. He is contracted with the ISL franchise till March 2019 and remains the only foreigner in the league to compete at Russia 2018.

Australia lost to champion France and Peru in the group phase at FIFA’s biggest competition, holding Denmark. Cahill played as a substitute in the third league tie against Peru and announced retirement later. Jamshedpur pulled off a coup by getting an active FA footballer to sign up. He was a star at Everton earlier, besides experience in foreign leagues in United States (New York Red Bulls), China (Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown).

He remains the highest scorer for Australia in FIFA competitions, with 50 goals prior to Russia 2018. When Cahill steps out with Jamshedpur for a delayed ISL debut, he will be the first foreign pro to feature in four World Cups (1974 West Germany, 2006 Germany, 2010 South Africa, 2014 Brazil, 2018 Russia) before expanding his football experience by signing up for a club owned by Tata Steel. Russia 2018 was also Australia’s fifth World Cup qualification.