Ishfaq Ahmed

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Ishfaq Ahmed
Personal information
Full name Ishfaq Ahmed
Date of birth (1983-03-17) March 17, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Srinagar, India
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Mohammedan S.C. (on loan from IMG RELIANCE)
Number 27
Youth career
2002-03 HAL
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003-07 Dempo
2007–11 Mohun Bagan (15)
2011–12 Salgaocar 36 (8)
2012–13 East Bengal 30 (1)
2013-present (on loan) Mohammedan 5 (0)
National team
India 2003- 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ishfaq Ahmed (born 17 March 1983) is an Indian footballer who plays as a winger for Mohammedan S.C. in the I-League.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He was born in Barbarshah and presently is living in Baghat Barzulla Srinagar. He got selected for his state Jammu and Kashmir U–21 Football team as the captain. That was the turning point of his life. It was an Interstate tournament where he got the man of the tournament award.

After that tournament he got offers from various clubs, but he decided to join HAL. He played well there and scored many goals.

Then Stephen Constantine selected him in the India national football team for the Olympic qualifying matches. He have also scored in national colours. Then after a good season in HAL he got offer from Dempo S.C., Goa where he played for 4 consecutive seasons.

Ahmed joined Mohun Bagan AC on 2 June 2007. During his first season with the Indian club, the former Dempo SC player was the most consistent left-sided midfielder in the I-League.[1] During the 2007–08 season, Ahmed appeared in 37 matches during which he scored two goals.[2] Despite the excellent season, Ishfaq was not called up for the Indian national squad. He signed with I-League champions Salgaocar SC in June 2011.[3]

East Bengal[edit]

In 2012, Ahmed signed for East Bengal from Salgaocar for the 2012–13 season.[4] He was a regular member of the East Bengal team that finished third in the I-League and became the first Indian side to reach the AFC Cup quarter finals unbeaten. Ishfaq primarily played as a holding midfielder in the 4-1-2-1-2 formation employed by Trevor Morgan (footballer).

At the end of the season, he opted to join the proposed IMG-Reliance league with a number of other renowned Indian footballers.

Mohammedan (loan)[edit]

After the 2012–13 season ended, Ahmed signed with IMG-Reliance to join their Indian Super League but due to objection from the I-League clubs in which they said they would not sign any players who joined the ISL it meant that Ahmed would be without a club for a long period of time. Then, on 30 October 2013, it was announced that Mohammedan S.C. had broken that barrier when they signed Ahmed on loan.[5]

He made his debut in the I-League on 2 November 2013 against Shillong Lajong F.C. at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong in which he played till 59 minutes before being replaced by Israil Gurung as Mohammedan lost the match 2-1.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Did Ishfaq Ahmed Deserve A Place In The National Camp?". Goal.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ishfaq Ahmed". MohunBaganAC.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wadoo, Ishfaq joins Salgaocar Club". Azad-Kashmir. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Indian Football Transfers". The HardTackle. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Md Sporting snap ties with IPFCA". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shillong Lajong vs. Mohammedan 2-1". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 December 2013.