Name: Adil Ahmed Khan
Date of Birth: 07/07/1988
Place of Birth: Verna, Goa
Teams Played For: Vasco SC, SESA FA, Sporting Clube de Goa
Adil Ahmed Khan has been recently touted as one of the best young midfielders — someone who has matured fast. This Goan prodigy started playing the sport at the age of 14 in his locality. Adil’s parents were quick to note his talent and didn’t waste time in enrolling him with Vasco Sports Club.
Life moved fast for Adil. He started his professional career two years later – at the age of 16 — with SESA FA where he had his first brush with the first division league. He stayed in SESA for seven years, turned a professional and then moved to Sporting Clube de Goa.
For past four years he has been backbone for Sporting Clube making his mark in the I-League in the process. His efforts bore him fruit when the hard work earned him a call to the Indian National Team for the exhibition match against Bayern Munich.
“It was a dream come true when I got the call. But this is just the start. I need to work harder to be a regular member,” he maintains.
“There’s something in that Blue jersey,” he confesses. “If I get a chance to play in the forthcoming AFC Challenge Cup, I will be trying to make the most of it. It’s a very important tournament.”
“If I get a chance, I’ll stick to the basics and follow the instructions. Needless to say, I’ll give my hundred percent,” he adds.
“My younger brother looks upto me and so do the kids in my village. But I’m not a star. I’ve just started. I want to play.” he goes on.
The hardworking midfielder picks up Mahesh Gawli as his favourite Indian player “Mahesh-bhai has been so composed as a player. His dedication should be a lesson for all,” Adil quips. “Off the field, he has always been a strict disciplinarian. I always look upto him.”