Zohib Islam Amiri

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Zohib Islam Amiri
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Personal information
Full name Zohib Islam Amiri
Date of birth (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Kabul, Afghanistan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chennai City FC
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Shoa 40 (3)
2007–2011 Kabul Bank 58 (9)
2011–2014 Mumbai 40 (6)
2014–2015 Dempo 30 (6)
2014 FC Goa (loan) 9 (0)
2015–2016 DSK Shivajians 14 (0)
2016 Mohun Bagan 8 (0)
2017– Chennai City FC 1 (0)
National team
2005– Afghanistan 55 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 6 April 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 07, 2016

Zohib Islam Amiri (Persian: ذهیب اسلام امیری‎‎; born February 15, 1990) sometimes also called Haroon Fakhruddin is a Hazara footballer who is a Midfielder and plays for Mohun Bagan A.C. in the Indian I-League. He also plays for the Afghanistan national football team.[1]

Early life[edit]

Zohib Islam was born on February 15 , 1987[2] to an ethnic Hazara shopkeeper in Kabul. Growing up Zohib Islam played football often, using a homemade ball consisting of rolled up fabric stitched together. During the Taliban rule he often witnessed executions at the national stadium.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zohib Islam started his career in 2005 at Shoa F.C, where he played 40 games. Afterwards, in 2007, he went to play for Kabul Bank F.C..[4]

Mumbai FC[edit]

Zohib Islam joined Mumbai FC in 2011, and quickly became one of the star players at the club. Following his impressive performances during the 2012–13 I-League Zohib Islam received the award for the fan's players on the season.[3] Despite reviving this prestigious award his contract with Mumbai FC was n ot renewed and Zohib Islam began thinking of moving to Bahrain or Oman to play club football, but ultimately decided to stay in India.[5]

Dempo SC[edit]

On January 11, Zohib Islam along with Tolgay Özbey signed for Indian giant Dempo SC for a one-year contract, and received shirt number 18.[6][7] He made his debut against Rangdajied United and scored. On the 7 of April Zohib Islam was involved in an ugly brawl in a match between Dempo SC and his former club Mumbai FC.[8]

On May 30 both he and Özbey signed extensions with Dempo.[9]

On April 4, 2015 Zohib Islam scored two goals, including one only one minute from time to salvage a 2 – 2 draw with Sporting Goa.[10]

DSK Shivajians[edit]

In January 2016, Amiri announced he signed a contract with Indian football club DSK Shivajians.[11] He finished the season with DSK Shivajians last but did not relegate with his team because other clubs withdraw from the league.

Mohun Bagan[edit]

In August 2016, Amiri joined with Mohun Bagan in the Indian I-League. [12] v

International career[edit]

Amiri made his debut in the 2005 SAFF Gold Cup against Maldives. Zohib Islam was part of the Afghanistan squad for the 2011 SAFF Championship, where they reached the final for the first time. Wearing number 3 Zohib Islam contributed many memorable performances, including scoring 1 of the goals in Afghanistan's biggest ever victory over Bhutan [13]

Zohib Islam Amiri (in red uniform) against Jeje Lalpekhlua of India during the 2011 SAFF Championship

Two years later Zohib Islam served as captain for Afghanistan at the 2013 SAFF Championship, and was the rock of which the Afghan defense was built on. Zohib Islam scored goals in a 3–0 win over Bhutan[14] and a 3–1 win over Sri Lanka.[15] He played a crucial role as Afghanistan made it to the final for a second consecutive time an achieved a 2–0 victory against India.[16]

In May 2014 Zohib Islam captained the squad to the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives. On May 22 Zohib Islam scored the first goal of the game with a bullet header in Afghanistan's 3–1 victory over Turkmenistan at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. This was also Afghanistan's first every victory at the AFC Challenge Cup in eight attempts.[17] Unfortunately after Afghanistan's 0–0 draw with Laos that confirmed their progression out of the group stage, an accident occurred while the Afghan players were being driven back to their hotel. Zohib Islam suffered minor injuries, along with Faisal Sakhizada, Ahmad Hatifi, Balal Arezou, and Mustafa Azadzoy, the latter of which will have to take three weeks off to recover. All five players are set to miss the semi finals against Palestine. Former coach Mohammad Yousef Kargar and current coach Erich Rutemöller also suffered minor injures.[18][19][20][21] In February 2015 Amiri and 8 other teammates of the Afghan national team decided to quit playing for the national team anymore. They made this decision because they didn't seem to fit in the team and because there was many foreign players from Europe especially from Germany. Amiri said he doesn't see any future in the National Team if the foreign players only get the chance to play for their country. After this decision many people disgraced the decision on social media.

Return to the national team[edit]

After almost 2 years being absent Amiri was called up in November 2016 for the friendly match against Tajikistan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zohib ISLAM". FIFA. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Zohib Islam Amiri – Player profile Goal.com Retrieved May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Islam Amiri Hazara – Afghan national football team captain and Fans "player of the year"". Hazara.net. 24 September 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Amiri, Zohib Islam". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Arunava Chaudhuri (13 June 2013). "Interview with Zohib Islam Amiri (Afghanistan/ex-Mumbai FC)". Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Afghan footballer Amiri joins Dempo from Mumbai FC". Rediff Sports. 11 January 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Afghan footballer Zohib Islam Amiri joins Dempo Sports Club". Zee News. 11 January 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ Arjun V Namboothiri and Atanu Mitra (7 April 2014). "Fracas in the aftermath of Dempo-Mumbai game". Goal.com. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ Atanu Mitra (30 May 2014). "Özbey, Amiri extend contract with Dempo, Rowilson roped in". Goal.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Brendon Netto and Anselm Noronha (4 April 2015). "A late effort from the Afghan to add to his earlier goal ensured that Dempo got a point out of the Goan derby". Goal.com. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.firstpost.com/sports/dsk-shivajians-announces-itself-as-ninth-i-league-team-2571252.html
  12. ^ https://web.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=352888461765264&set=a.104241199963326.1073741829.100011323381767&type=3&theater[author=Mustafa9127]
  13. ^ Rahul Bali (7 December 2011). "Bhutan 1–8 Afghanistan: Belal Arezou Inspires The Lions Of Khorasan To Thrash The Bhutanese". Goal.com. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ Ayush Srivastava (2 September 2013). "Afghanistan 3–0 Bhutan: The Lions of Khorasan made to sweat for three points". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Rahul Bali with Ayush Srivastava (2 September 2013). "Sri Lanka 1–3 Afghanistan: The Lions of Khorasan seal a semi-final berth with a win over the Lankans". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Rahul Bali with Ayush Srivastava (11 September 2013). "Afghanistan 2–0 India: The Lions of Khorasan win their first ever SAFF Championship title". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup: Afghanistan 3–1 Turkmenistan". AFC. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Afghan contingent suffers minor injuries in team bus accident". AFC. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Shimaaz Ali (25 May 2014). "Five Afghan players to miss semi". Maldives Soccer. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Mohamed Sajid (25 May 2014). "Afghanistan is all over worried". Maldives Soccer. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Shimaaz Ali (24 May 2014). "Afghan five players injured due to the accident". Maldives Soccer. Retrieved 26 May 2014.