NorthEast United FC have completed the signing of Gani Ahmed Nigam from I-League club Mohammedan Sporting. The winger has risen up the ranks of Indian Football to finally make it to the Indian Super League. From playing in the 2ns Division I-League 2 seasons back, Gani will play in the Indian Super League.
Gani joined Mohammedan Sporting at a time where the club were aiming for a resurgence from their terrible form. The 129-year-old club were playing in the 2nd Division I-League and went all out to gain promotion. Their efforts bore fruit as they played in the I-League last season. They had an impressive run in the Durand Cup as well where they were finalists. A late extra-time goal by FC Goa captain Edu Bedia snatched the title from their hands.
The 23-year-old winger will join the team that scored the 2nd highest number of goals last season. NorthEast United FC have been a very different side after Khalid Jamil took over the squad in the middle of last season. With the right transfers, they may finally break the barrier to go past the play-offs this season.
Gani Ahmed Nigam has played the Indian Super League in the past
Gani began his professional career with the Pune City FC Reserves playing in the 2nd Division I-League in the 2017/18 season. His performances caught the eye of the coaches and he was promoted to the first team. Though he did not make any appearances, he was a player in the first team for a good part of the season.
Gokulam Kerala snapped him up next season. In 5 appearances for the club, he bagged a solitary goal. Despite the below-average stat, Hyderabad FC signed him before the 2019/20 season. He made 5 appearances for the club in the ISL without registering a single goal or assist. However, things took a turn once he moved to Mohammedan Sporting the following season.
Gani will be hungry to prove himself after being tossed about between teams. With a supportive coach and gifted teammates, this season should be the young lad’s year.
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