Hero Indian Super League club Hyderabad FC have signed the services of young winger Abdul Rabeeh for the forthcoming season of the tournament, the club announced on Tuesday. The 20-year old youngster becomes the second new addition for the team in this coming season.
Rabeeh started his youth career with MSP Higher Secondary School in Malappuram in 2013. Subsequently, he played in AIFF Youth Leagues at the U16 and U18 levels and also played in the 2nd Division.
The youngster played for Luca SC, Malappuram in the 2020-21 season of Kerala Premier League. Rabeeh was able to catch the eyes of Hyderabad’s FC scouts and now he has been roped in by the club.
Speaking after joining HFC, Rabeeh said, “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. 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.”
Shameel, who played a key role in searching for Rabeeh, heaped praise on the youngster and added that he has special skills to go a long way in his career.
“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. Also, he has potential in terms of speed, acceleration and skill, and puts in a lot of hard work every day,” said Shameel who was instrumental in scouting the player.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad FC had finished at the fifth place in the points table in ISL 2020-21 season after six wins from 20 matches and thus just missed out on the semi-finals spot. Thus, they will look to turn the tables in the next season.