The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Player of the Year and Indian international Syed Rahim Nabi is on cloud nine after it was revealed that DC United, a Major League Soccer (MLS) club, had agreed on a trial for the ex-Mohan Bagan prodigy.
“I’m looking forward to this trip as the training there would help me immensely. I will get around a week to prove myself,” elucidated an elated Nabi, to The Times of India, who had flown to Kolkata to get himself a visa.
He has currently based himself in Mumbai after opting to play in the newly-proposed yet hotly opposed IMG-Reliance league.
“I’m still talking with the officials concerned about the state of affairs. Last year, I gave my best for Mohun Bagan but they refused to pay my full salary at the end of the season.
"No one will look after us after we quit playing. So we need to make the most when the sun shines,” riposted Nabi, who tried to justify his reason to jump ship and join the IMG-Reliance league.
Eight Indian internationals, including Nabi, have opted for the greener pastures offered by the IMG-Reliance league and thus foregone any chance of being snapped up by an I-League club, as they continue to not offer haven to rebel players.
“Let’s give it a few more days and see if the issue gets resolved,” stated a composed Nabi, though a lack of playing time is worrying him.
What is adding salt to his wounds is the constant reminder of India’s woeful South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) Championship in Nepal, where they lost to Afghanistan in the final.
“We missed a bucketful of chances. But it’s no excuse. It is not acceptable. We needed to show more determination and should have gone more prepared as a team. No one remembers the second best,” concluded Nabi.
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