The holy month of Ramadan brings blessings for Adil Khan, who is on the verge of making an inspiring return to the I-League after signing a one-year deal with Dempo Sports Club.
After making seven appearances for Delhi Dynamos in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), Adil signed for erstwhile I-League outfit, Bharat FC at the beginning of the 2014-15 season but little was he aware of the catastrophic course of events that were awaiting him.
The versatile player injured his knee in a pre-season friendly and chose not to undergo immediate surgery in the hope of playing the full season with the Pune based team, but the repercussions were disastrous.
After recovering from a year of absence from the field, courtesy of a surgery and a strengthening program, Adil signed for second division outfit Lonestar Kashmir where he got some game time, which in turn helped him sign for the Golden Eagles.
“I really wanted to play on my home soil and in front of my supporters and family. It's like the perfect opportunity for me to come back after staying out through injury for a year,” Adil informed Goal.
“I had signed with Kashmir for three months to get my match fitness and confidence back after staying out for a long time through injury. I think it was one of my best decisions. I got respect from everyone at Lonestar, being a former ISL and I-League player,” he added.
Despite being out of top flight action for close to 24 months, he was on the radar of couple of clubs but opted for Dempo SC.
“Dempo has always been my favourite team among the Goan sides and I always wanted to be part of the team but for so many years I didn’t get the opportunity. I got the opportunity this time and I grabbed it,” Adil said.
“My target with Dempo is to play as many matches for them, perform well, stay for a long period and get back to the ISL,” he remarked.
Goal understands through reliable sources that Adil Khan and Dempo SC have a verbal agreement that the former will be allowed to move to an I-League club before the expiration of his 12-month contract, if the Goan club chose to not participate in the top division league.
The former Sporting Clube de Goa medio also expressed his disappointment at the Flaming Oranje and Salgaocar FC withdrawing from next season of the I-League.
“It’s very sad to see my former team (SCG) and Salgaocar decided to withdraw from I-League. I don’t know if Dempo SC will play the I-League or not but that is a discussion for later. I am here to play for the club in the competitions they take part in and that is where my focus is,” Adil signed off.