Khalid Jamil's appetite for goals & glory
If Air-India's midfielder Khalid Jamil's comparison on the scale
of infrastructure available for football in India and Kuwait are
taken into consideration, India portrays a sad picture as it lingers
behind the tiny kingdom of Kuwait. With his family settled in Kuwait,
Khalid was born and raised in the encouraging atmosphere of the
Gulf country (Kuwait); hence he is of the opinion that the glory
in sports comes on heels of the quantum of infrastructure available
in the country.
snatches a bird's eye view on the current scenario in Indian football...I
have observed that most of the players concentrate on the game at
their individual capacity in India which make things difficult for
them in the long run. However unlike India which has the talent
but lacks in the necessary infrastructure like playgrounds; football
is recognised as a professional game with tremendous emphasis on
the technical aspects in Kuwait and the other Arab countries.
Without mincing words, he added, "Talent
alone is not enough for a budding youngster to become a successful
sportsman. The family, friends, and environment are the other important
aspects which also make a substantial contribution in the success
of a player.
Reckoned as one of the most gifted midfielder in India, the 23
year old Khalid's perspective on Indian football merits attention.
Khalid's immense talent caught the eyes of renowned Air India's
coach Bimal, when he guided RCF to a 1-0 victory over Air India
in a super division league match in 1995. He joined Air India in
1998 and since then has been instrumental in the all round success
of his team. In the words of coach Bimal Ghosh... Khalid
is a great player and is only next to Baichung Bhutia. He can play
in any position like- center, right or left and is unstoppable on
Khalid kicked his way to glory and recognition in many premier
tournaments of the country. Khalid marshaled India to a 5-2 victory
over Maldives in the final of the SAARC Games and to a second best
position in the Nehru Gold Cup before losing 5-3 to the eventual
winners Iraq in 1997. He also formed the nucleus of the Maharashtra
team along with other stalwarts like Mohammed Najeeb, Manjit Singh,
Aqeel Ansari, Tapan Ghosh and Virender Singh that beat Kerela 1-0
in the final of Santosh Trophy in 2000.
a vivacious kid of 8, Khalid was goaded to boot the ball expansively
by his uncle Nasir Jamil who was a regular with Al-Khadsiya Club
in Kuwait. Khalid mastered the fundamental aspects of football under
the tutelage of illustrious French full back Manuel Amoros. He also
attended a sub-junior camp in Kuwait which was graced by the great
French legend Michael Platini. After completing his matriculation
from Binisaasa high school in Kuwait, Khalid opted for the shores
of India in pursuit of his favorite game. He lives with his aunt
in the suburbs of Mira Road in Mumbai. While majoring in accounts
from Rizvi college, Bandra, he also guided his college team to victory
in many prestigious tournaments.
The tall and handsome Khalid is an introvert who has fewer friends.
His passions include regular exercises in the gymnasium, netsurfing
and pool games. He likes the fast food of the Mc Donalds and enjoys
long drives in his family car. He admires soccer stars like Diego
Maradona for his fighting spirit, and Rivaldo Ferreira for his great
skills and superb physique, and the great basketball legend Michael
Jordan for his lionhearted performances. Like the Indian soccer
star Baichung Bhutia who plays for the English club Bury, Khalid
also aims to explore different horizons.
I always had the hunger for more
and more success, as I never feel contended with what I have at
hand. Infact, my urge for success keeps on multiplying. I have always
believed that a man is a maker of his own destiny. And for the moment,
my aim is to score goals in the National Football League,
said Khalid whose calculations mirror his unending appetite for
goals and glory in the new millennium.
By: Wasim Siddiqui