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 Khalid Jamil 

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.

Khalid Jamil. Khalid 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 his day.”

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.

Khalid Jamil practices his soccer skillsAs 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

Photographer: Vinayak Prabhu

 

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