|Full name||Ishfaq Ahmed|
|Date of birth||March 17, 1983|
|Place of birth||Srinagar, India|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
(On loan from Kerala Blasters)
|2014–||Kerala Blasters FC||9||(1)|
|2015–||→ Pune (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
Mohun Bagan AC
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. During the 2007–08 season, Ahmed appeared in 37 matches during which he scored two goals. Despite the excellent season, Ishfaq was not called up for the Indian national squad. During 2010-11 season Ahmed was made the captain making him the first kashmiri to captain the historic Mohun Bagan AC side.
He was part of Mohun Bagan team which got to play against FC Bayern Munich .His attacking runs down the left flank during the match made Bayern coach after the match say that best player of Mohun Bagan was Ishfaq.
In 2012, Ahmed signed for East Bengal from Salgaocar for the 2012–13 season. 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.
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.
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. He made a total of 14 appearances for the club during which they won the Durand cup and the IFA shield but were relegated from the I-League as they were placed last at the end of the season.
The 31 year old joined Kerala Blasters of Indian Super League and appeared 9 times for the club scoring a goal in the semifinals which proved crucial to help the club to reach the finals of the Indian Super League .
Style Of Play
Ahmed is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the midfield, up front as a striker and can even fill in as a fullback. He possesses good dribbling skills and speed and is often appreciated for his work-rate.
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