Barely a game into the Indian Super League and Mumbai City FC have been dealt a massive blow with skipper Syed Rahim Nabi ruled out for upto three weeks due to an ankle injury sustained during the team's opening match against Atletico de Kolkata.
Local lad Syed Rahim Nabi, who will be turning for Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, today said that it would be tough for him to turn up at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan as an away player.
Indian footballer Syed Rahim Nabi is all set to realise his dream of playing alongside his heroes, Frederik Ljungberg and Nicolas Anelka, as a team member of Mumbai City FC, one of the franchises in the Indian Super League commencing next week.
Current India custodian Subrata Paul and midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi were the big signings by Mumbai franchise on day one of the two-day inaugural eight-team Hero Indian Super League domestic players draft held here on Tuesday.
The national team`s two top footballers, Syed Rahim Nabi and Ishfaq Ahmed, today welcomed Sourav Ganguly`s decision to co-own the Kolkata franchise in the much-anticipated Indian Super League, and said his presence will attract more number of people into the stadia.
Key midfielder Syed Rahim Nabi and goalkeeper Subrata Paul were left out of a 20-member Indian football squad announced for the away international friendly match against Tajikistan to be played on August 14.
Syed Rahim Nabi has been approached by Major Soccer League (MLS) outfit DC United and IMG-Reliance are said to be "looking positively at the proposal", according to the player`s agency - The FootballEdge.
High on confidence but low on performance, India will look to put behind the recent reverses when they take on Chinese Taipei in their opening match of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying tournament here tomorrow.
A day after the suspension of his club from the I-League till 2014-15, beleaguered Mohun Bagan mid-fielder Syed Rahim Nabi today said his "death" on that December 9 derby could have avoided his club of the severe punishment by the AIFF.
Mohun Bagan`s star players like Okolie Odafa, Tolgay Ozbey and Syed Rahim Nabi are free to leave the green-and-maroon brigade and play for some other clubs, stated AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta in the wake of the ban slapped on the club for violation of rules.