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Tahsin Mohammed Jamshid becomes first Indian-origin player to play in Qatar Stars League

Published at :April 1, 2024 at 5:02 PM
Modified at :April 1, 2024 at 5:26 PM
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Tahsin Mohammed Jamshid has played against India in the U-17 level.

Tahsin Mohammed Jamshid created history in the Qatar Stars League by becoming the first-ever Indian player to play in the division for Al Duhail. The 17-year-old made his debut in the competition for his side in their 2-0 defeat to Al Rayyan on Sunday (March 31).

The teenager has set the bar high for Indian footballers by proving himself capable of playing in a major Asian football league like the QSL. He came on for the last 12 minutes or so of the match, replacing Ibrahima Diallo – who can be better remembered for his time playing in the Premier League for Southampton from 2020-2023.

For Tahsin, this is something that has been a long time coming. The 17-year-old is a product of Qatar’s famous Aspire Football Academy, which has been responsible for churning out quality national team stars in the last decade. He has roots in India through his parents, who are both Indians residing in Qatar – where the 17-year-old was born and lived his entire life. His parents, Jamshid and Shaima – who were former varsity footballers in India.

Interestingly, Tahsin Mohammed Jamshid also has Indian citizenship – meaning that the can actually represent India at the international level too. He only has a temporary Qatari passport, probably a ‘mission passport’ – which is needed for the purpose of sports competition. These passports seem to have their own expiration dates, which makes the holders’ citizenship temporary. As he has not played for the Qatar senior team yet, the 17-year-old can easily opt to represent the Blue Tigers at the senior level if he wants to.

The 17-year-old was roped in by Al-Duhail after excelling at the Aspire Academy and also performing strongly for Qatar’s U-17 team. In fact, Tahsin was actually part of the Qatar U-17 side which India’s youth team faced in the Qatar Exposure Tour in 2023 and had started that game from the bench.

The teenager is an exciting prospect who is capable of tormenting defenders with his trickery. A natural left-winger, he loves to dribble past defenders and use his impressive change of pace to his advantage. Tahsin tends to dance into impressive situations in the final third and possesses impressive goal-scoring quality. He also likes setting up chances for his teammates with his final delivery.

Even though Indian football fans would probably love to see him represent the national team, that can be slightly complicated. A source close to his situation told Khel Now that the 17-year-old – who will become an adult in June – has a ‘realistic’ chance to get a call-up from the Qatar national team.

That is probably why things could become quite complicated if the Indian football representatives try to talk to him about representing the Blue Tigers in the near future. Tahsin Mohammed Jamshid is currently focused on taking even bigger strides in the Qatar Stars League and becoming a regular for Al Duhail, which can allow him to represent the Qatar national team in the near future too.

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