Wahid Muhammad Sali always dreamt of playing for Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan as a child. Although a call would constantly evade him, he continued to hone in his footballing skills. He had a few issues with regards to settling in Oman and returned to India to play for ONFC last season where he shone and thereby was signed by Mohun Bagan this summer.
Being brought up in the football mad quarters of Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala, the game came to him naturally. His training began as a fourteen-year-old with Universal Soccer School in Kozhikode.
“That was a big moment in life. To learn the basics from a legend was always great. The tough Rahman sir played a very crucial role in shaping up my character and attitude towards life. I owe him a lot," Wahid explained to The Times of India.
"It's a dream come true for me. They have got some wonderful players in their squad and I am eager to join them for the pre-season camp," elucidated a jovial Wahid who had earlier experienced stints with State Bank of Travancore (SBT), Thiruvananthapuram, Josco FC and Mumbai FC in his career.
"The transition from the reserve bench to the playing eleven was remarkable. I got the first chance to play for ONGC when fellow defender Robin Gurung was injured in the match against United Sikkim FC. There was no looking back since," noted Wahid whoe specially wrought out coach Santosh Kashyap for praise. Wahid believes that it was Kashyap's coaching effort in the 2012-13 I-League campaign with ONGC that brought out the best in him.
"Though I have got the experience of playing the game for many years, I want to start from scratch and hope to learn from the star players in the Bagan team. I hope for the best," ended Wahid who hopes to be a regular member in the squad and have a great season.