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Which players from current Afghanistan squad have played in India?

Published at :March 25, 2024 at 8:43 PM
Modified at :March 25, 2024 at 8:43 PM
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Rutvij Joshi

Just that Afghanistan will not have the services of many players, else the number could have been higher.

Ashley Westwood’s Afghanistan is ready to take the field against India in the return leg of the joint qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup 2026/AFC Asian Cup 2027. The Afghans will be looking for yet another solid game at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati on Tuesday with a hope of creating a dent on Team India’s aspirations for Round 3 of the Qualifiers.

However, many Afghanistan players, past and present, have a history of playing in India over the years in the I-League and the Indian Super League. In fact, the current Afghan boss has made a name for himself while coaching in India. Westwood has a unique distinction of coaching multiple sides in the I-League and the ISL.

In this article, we will talk about the players in the current Afghanistan squad who have plied their trade in Indian football. 

Zohib Islam Amiri

Zohib Islam Amiri, a prominent Afghan footballer, has left a lasting impression on the Indian football scene with his versatility and skill. Throughout his club football career, Amiri has showcased his talent playing for various renowned clubs in India. He started with Mumbai FC, demonstrating his defensive capabilities early on. 

Over the years, he continued to impress, representing teams like Dempo, DSK Shivajians, Chennai City FC, Gokulam Kerala, and Real Kashmir. His adaptability and consistency made him a valuable asset for these clubs.

Notably, Amiri also ventured into the inaugural campaign of the Indian Super League with FC Goa, adding to his diverse experience in Indian football.

Sharif Mukhammad

Sharif Mukhammad, hailing from Afghanistan but born in Russia, has carved his opportunity in the second division of Indian football with his dynamic midfield presence.

Currently, Mukhammad contributes his skills to Churchill Brothers in the I-League. His adeptness in midfield has been pivotal for the team. Prior to his stint with Churchill Brothers, Mukhammad spent two seasons at Gokulam Kerala from 2020 to 2022. 

He showcased his ability to control the midfield, created scoring opportunities and was instrumental in his side’s success under Vincenzo Alberto Annese. His lanky frame and agility on the field allowed him to dominate midfield battles and dictate the tempo of the game. 

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