The dream of any Indian footballer is to one day play in the leagues abroad, generally those of Europe or America. One professional already taking steps in the right direction is Mohun Bagan’s Syed Rahim Nabi, who has been contacted about a trial with DC United, a Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit . The 27 year-old Indian international will head to the States in the month of September.
The rise of Syed Nabi isn’t all that surprising considering he was named as the Indian FA’s (AIFF) Player of the Season in December, 2012. Sources close to the Times of India postulated that the player had been asked to link up with the team immediately as their season is already in progress. However, family reasons played fiddle and subsequently Nabi has had to ask for a later date in the IMG-R tournament as well. “Nabi is expected to go for trials in September and if selected then a possible playing opportunity with the club next season,” explained the source.
This bit of information rides on the fact that 20 contracted players of Pailan Arrows, the Kolkata based team, have been loaned out to the IMG-R for the forthcoming tournament, while at the same time it has been specifically reported that the AIFF intended to field their developmental side in the I-League, which comes as a boost to IMG-R, as it looking to further hire Indian players.
“The IMG-R JV is in discussion with a few clubs internationally for their player’s trials. They (IMG-R) have reached out to international clubs and are finalizing individual engagements abroad,” elucidated the source.
The IMG-R has been trying to categorize players in groups of two: Grade I and Grade II and so far have been successful in signing on 35 players.
It is these players who will be most likely sent abroad for training and conditioning camps, while international clubs will stay in the loop for this programme.