Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters FC has announced the contract extension of youngster Sahal Abdul Samad, the ISL Emerging Player of 2018-19 season, for a period of three years.
The 22-year-old from Kannur, joined Kerala Blasters FC in the year 2017 and was quick to make it to the first team, having displayed an impressive performance during the Second Division League, as part of the Kerala Blasters FC Reserve Team that finished as Group Champions.
The attacking midfielder, fondly referred to as the ‘Indian Ozil’ by fans, has shown amazing technique and creativity on the field during ISL – Season 5. This gained him an opportunity to debut for the National team in the U-23 friendly match against Qatar in Doha and further play at the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.
“Football has been my greatest passion since childhood and there is no greater pride and happiness for me than playing for my state. I belong here,” says Sahal.
Kerala Blasters assistant coach Ishfaq Ahmed said, “Sahal’s contract extension with KBFC reaffirms his commitment to Kerala and to grow further beyond being ISL’s Best Emerging Player. The club is committed to be a part of this journey with him.”