ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad FC continue developing young squad, rope in winger Abdul Rabeeh

ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad FC continue developing young squad, rope in winger Abdul Rabeeh
ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad FC continue developing young squad, rope in winger Abdul Rabeeh

ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad FC continue developing young squad, rope in winger Abdul Rabeeh-  Indian Super League (ISL) 2021 club Hyderabad FC on Tuesday announced the signing of young winger Abdul Rabeeh AK.

The 20-year-old Malappuram native becomes the second new addition for the club this season. Having started his youth career with MSP Higher Secondary School in Malappuram in 2013, Rabeeh has also featured in the AIFF Youth Leagues at the U-16 and U-18 levels, apart from the 2nd Division League.

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He spent the 2020-21 season with Luca SC, Malappuram, playing a crucial role for his side in the Kerala Premier League, where he was zeroed in upon by the HFC scouts.

ISL 2021, “Hyderabad FC is currently a club where most young footballers would love to play. The opportunity they are offering to youngsters like me is something I cannot let go of,” said Rabeeh in an official statement.

“Their major contribution to the national team gives all young players belief, and I cannot wait to be a part of the club and show my quality,” he added.

A versatile winger who can also function as a full-back, Rabeeh joins as a Developmental Player. As he aims to break into the first team, Reserve Team coach Shameel Chembakath believes the youngster will be a valuable addition to the squad.

“I have seen a lot of youngsters with potential come and go. But Rabeeh is one player that has always stood out. He has the ability to control the tempo of the game even against tougher opponents,” said Shameel.

“Also, he has potential in terms of speed, acceleration, and skill, and puts in a lot of hard work every day,” he added.

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In April, Hyderabad FC and Australian attacker Joel Chianese agreed terms for a one-year extension to his contract that will keep him at the club till the end of the 2021-22 season.