Zohib Islam Amiri

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Zohib Islam Amiri
ذهیب اسلام امیری
Zohib Islam Amiri.jpg
Zohib Islam Amiri in 2011
Personal information
Full name Zohib Islam Amiri
Date of birth (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Kabul, Afghanistan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
New Radiant S.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Shoa 20 (5)
2007–2009 Kabul Bank 50 (7)
2009–2011 Ferozi 20 (4)
2011–2014 Mumbai 58 (9)
2014–2015 Dempo 16 (5)
2014FC Goa (loan) 9 (0)
2015–2016 DSK Shivajians 14 (0)
2017 Chennai City FC 10 (2)
2018— New Radiant S.C. 15 (2)
National team
2005– Afghanistan 48 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 11, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 11, 2017

Zohib Islam Amiri (Dari: ذهیب اسلام امیری‎; born 15 February 1990) sometimes also called Haroon Fakhruddin is a professional Afghan footballer who is a Midfielder and is currently playing for New Radiant S.C.. He is also a member of Afghanistan national football team .[1]

Early life[edit]

Zohib Islam was born on February 15, 1990[2] to an ethnic Hazara family 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., in 2007, he went to play for Kabul Bank F.C..[2]

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 not renewed and Zohib Islam began thinking of moving to Bahrain or Oman to play club football, but ultimately decided to stay in India.[4]

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.[5][6] 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.[7]

On May 30 both he and Özbey signed extensions with Dempo.[8]

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.[9]

DSK Shivajians[edit]

In January 2016, Amiri announced he signed a contract with Indian football club DSK Shivajians.[10] He finished the season with DSK Shivajians last but did not relegate with his team because other clubs withdraw from the league.

Chennai City[edit]

In January 2017, Amiri joined with Chennai City in the Indian I-League. [11] He left after disagreement with the coach.[12]

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 injuries.[18][19][20][21]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Afghanistan's goal tally first.[2]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 December 2011 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India  Bhutan 2–0 8–1 2011 SAFF Championship
2. 2 September 2013 Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal  Bhutan 1–0 3–0 2013 SAFF Championship
3. 4 September 2013 Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal  Sri Lanka 2–1 3–1 2013 SAFF Championship
4. 14 May 2014 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 1–3 2–3 Friendly
5. 22 May 2014 Addu Football Stadium, Addu City, Maldives  Turkmenistan 1–0 3–1 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
6. 10 October 2017 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan  Jordan 2–2 3–3 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification


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  2. ^ a b c "Amiri, Zohib Islam". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  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. ^ Arunava Chaudhuri (13 June 2013). "Interview with Zohib Islam Amiri (Afghanistan/ex-Mumbai FC)". Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Afghan footballer Amiri joins Dempo from Mumbai FC". Rediff Sports. 11 January 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Afghan footballer Zohib Islam Amiri joins Dempo Sports Club". Zee News. 11 January 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Arjun V Namboothiri and Atanu Mitra (7 April 2014). "Fracas in the aftermath of Dempo-Mumbai game". Goal.com. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Atanu Mitra (30 May 2014). "Özbey, Amiri extend contract with Dempo, Rowilson roped in". Goal.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "DSK Shivajians announces itself as ninth I-League team". firstpost.com. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  11. ^ https://web.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=352888461765264&set=a.104241199963326.1073741829.100011323381767&type=3&theater[author=Mustafa9127]
  12. ^ "Chennai City FC part ways with Amiri after controversy • Infootball". infootball.co. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  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.