Gokulam Kerala FC have signed young Kerala defender Muhammed Uvais on a multiyear deal. The 22-year-old defender was a mainstay for the KSEB team that faced the Malabarians in the Kerala Premier League in the previous 2020/21 season.
This is the second player Malabarians scouting from the tournament. Earlier Gokulam Kerala had announced the signing of Muhammed Rafi, who had played for MA College in the tourney.
The defender, who is from Nilambur in Malappuram, has also played in the I-League Qualifier 2019-20 for FC Bengaluru United. Before that, he captained Ozone FC in the Bangalore Super Division. He has also played for FC Kerala in the Second Division League in the 2016-17 season.
Uvais did his football schooling at the MSP Academy and later moved to the Kalyani Bharat FC academy setup in Pune. During his academy years, he has played for Sudeva FC, and also Mohun Bagan.
He usually plays as a left centre-back and can also be deployed as left-back.
“This is a major breakthrough in my career. Gokulam Kerala FC are one of the major clubs in the country and it is an honour to represent them. I have keenly followed their title triumph last year and I believe we can do it again,” said Uvais.
“We have always identified young talents in Kerala and Uvais is another upcoming player. I believe that these youngsters can perform well in the upcoming season and make sure the title stays where it belongs to,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the chairman of Gokulam Kerala FC.