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The only player from Kupwara to play with LoneStar Kashmir FC: Meet Malik Shakir

The only player from Kupwara to play with LoneStar Kashmir FC: Meet Malik Shakir

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game. Half of the football world idolizes him and Malik Shakir is one such Individual from the remote dist of Kupwara, who is a Ronaldo fan and has been trying to follow the footsteps of his idol.

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Malik Shakir in an exclusive interview with Hanief Bin Aziz talks about his footballing career and many other things.

Q: Shakir, Heard that, You are a Ronaldo Fan?

Yes, I’m his fan and in fact, I love his style of play. His hard work and passion for the game inspire me.

Q: How did your journey towards football started?

When I was a minor boy, my brother who is himself a footballer and has also has played several Nationals, made me fell in love with this beautiful game. I was his biggest fan and he saw something in me and believed in my abilities. Then, every other thing fell into place with time.

Q: Your first club?

Basically, I started playing football for my school, then from there, I got an offer from Subroto Football Club, which is the topmost club of Kupwara. I was 14 years old at that time. In fact, I got the emerging player of the tournament award in my first tournament with Subroto FC.

Q: Have you taken any professional coaching from anywhere?

Yes, I have trained at Tata Football Academy Jharkhand where some of the best coaches of India coach you. There, I got to learn a lot and that helped me improve my game.

Q: You have already played I-League Sub Junior level! How was the experience of that?

I played for State Football Academy in I-League Sub Junior level and we qualified for 2nd Phase which was held at Kolkata later on. There, I was also among the emerging players of the Club.

Q: Transition to Lone Star Football Club?

Before being part of Lone Star FC, I was part of the Sports Council Football Academy. My main motive for joining the Lone Star FC is to play in I-LEAGUE 2nd division and make my own mark and help the club reach new heights. And also, at Lone Star FC, we have more opportunities than other clubs. Lone Star FC is now an established name and you need that to flourish your career.

Q: So, how does it feel? Being the only player from Kupwara to play for any big professional football club.

Alhumdullilah! It’s all Allah’s grace! It really feels good to be the only one from my dist here but I would love to see other football players from my dist playing at the top level. Nothing is impossible if you have the determination and belief.

Q: Future Plans?

For now, I’m just focused on doing well for the club. Then, hopefully, I’m looking forward to doing some much bigger things in life that no one from our dist has achieved in football.

Thank you for taking your precious time and talking with us.

error: I never liked to copy things that are out there. I always like to come up with something new, something different