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 Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
(On loan from Kerala Blasters)
Youth career
2002–2003 HAL
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Dempo ? (?)
2007–2011 Mohun Bagan ? (15)
2011–2012 Salgaocar 36 (8)
2012–2013 East Bengal 30 (1)
2013 Mohammedan 14 (0)
2014– Kerala Blasters FC 9 (1)
2015– Pune (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2012 India 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ishfaq Ahmed (born 17 March 1983) is an Indian footballer who plays as a Attacking Midfielder for Pune in the I-League. Ishfaq has also played as winger and can fill in as a full-back.


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.

Senior career[edit]

Dempo SC[edit]

Then after a good season in HAL he got offer from Dempo S.C., Goa where he played for 4 consecutive seasons.

Mohun Bagan AC[edit]

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Ishfaq Ahmed celebrating after scoring for 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.[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. During 2010-11 season Ahmed was made the captain making him the first kashmiri to captain the historic Mohun Bagan AC side.

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Ishfaq Ahmed playing against FC Bayern Munich

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.

Salgaocar SC[edit]

He signed with I-League champions Salgaocar SC in June 2011.[3] He appeared 36 times and scoring 8 goals.

East Bengal[edit]

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Ishfaq Ahmed Celebrating with Chidi Edeh

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]

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Ishfaq Ahmed of Mohammedan SC tussling with a Mohun Bagan defender

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. 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.

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Ishfaq Ahmed alongside Mehrajuddin Wadoo and Luciano Sabrosa after winning IFA Shield


Kerala Blasters[edit]

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Ishfaq Ahmed in action for Kerala Blasters

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 .[7]

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Ishfaq Ahmed celebrating after scoring in semi finals against chennayin fc


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Ishfaq Ahmed being revealed as a Pune fc player

For the 2014–15 I-League, Ahmed joined I-League side Pune on loan.[8]

Style Of Play[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Did Ishfaq Ahmed Deserve A Place In The National Camp?". Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ishfaq Ahmed". 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. 
  7. ^ "Kerala Blasters - Ishfaq Ahmad". Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "‘Kash’ing in on fervour". Asian Age. Retrieved 24 January 2015.