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Sahal Abdul Samad Biography: Visionary Midfielder’s Inspiring Life in Football

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Sahal Abdul Samad, an Indian professional footballer who plays for both the Indian national team and Mohun Bagan SG in the Indian Super League (ISL), was born on April 1, 1997. Sahal Abdul plays in the midfield. He was born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city of Al Ain to Malayali parents who were originally from Kerala, India, and finished his 14 years of schooling there. Sahal began playing football when he was eight years old. Sahal enrolled at the Al-Ethihad Sports Academy in 2010 to receive training in professional football. After finishing his education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sahal Abdul migrated to Payyannur in Kannur, Kerala, India, to pursue his degree and play college football.

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About Sahal Abdul Samad: Quick Bio

NameSahal Abdul Samad
Date of Birth1 April 1997
Place of BirthAl Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Height1.77 m
PositionAttacking midfielder, Winger
Current ClubMohun Bagan SG
Jersey number10

Sahal Abdul Samad: Early Life

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A coach at SN College in Kannur spotted him a few months after Sahal Abdul started his degree and persuaded him to transfer. Sahal Abdul was chosen for the district under-21 team and then the Kerala team to compete in the Santosh trophy after showing well in university-level events.

Sahal, who was born in 1997 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), attended the New Indian Model School before obtaining a bachelor’s degree from S. N. college. He agreed to become an ambassador for the German sportswear business Puma in June of 2020. Sahal donated the proceeds from the auction of his national team jersey to the Kerala Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund for COVID-19 Prevention in June 2020.

He was appointed as the Indian ambassador for the global energy drink firm Predator Energy in September 2022. Badminton player Reza Farhath was engaged to sahal Abdul in June 2022, and they were married in July 2023.

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Sahal Abdul Samad Club Career 

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Kerala Blasters signed Sahal, a young Indian footballer, to his first professional contract after he made his debut in the 2017 Santosh Trophy. Sahal Abdul, who was elected captain for the 2017–18 I-league 2nd division season, finished third in the division with seven goals in ten games. Despite his struggles with the senior squad, manager René Meulensteen elevated Sahal to the senior team.

Sahal was named to the starting 11 for the 2018-19 season and appeared in 17 league games, scoring his maiden goal against Chennaiyin FC. He enhanced his passing abilities and received 688 touches, making him one of the best Indian players in terms of critical passes. Sahal was named ISL Emerging Player of the Season and AIFF Emerging Player of the Year despite the club’s terrible season.

He started most matches on the right side of the midfield in the 2019–20 ISL season, primarily as a winger and occasionally as a supplementary striker. After Sandesh Jhingan left, Sahal took over as the club’s poster boy and signed a deal through 2025.

ATK Mohun Bagan offered three senior players in exchange for Sahal during the 2021 summer transfer window, but Kerala Blasters rejected the deal. Sahal played for the Kerala Blasters in the 2021 Durand Cup, and on September 21, 2021, he scored his first goal against Delhi FC.

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In a 4-2 loss against ATK Mohun Bagan on November 19, Sahal Abdul Samad scored his second goal. On December 26, Sahal scored his fourth goal of the year and third in a row in a game against the football team of Jamshedpur to become the second Indian player, after Sunil Chhetri, to score in three straight Indian Super League games.

With six goals, Sahal tied Mumbai City’s Bipin Singh for the joint-second-highest Indian goal scorer in the league. The highest-scoring Indian for the Blasters this season was Sahal Abdul Samad. Karolis Skinkys, the director of sports for the Kerala Blasters, stated in June 2022 that IBV Westmannaejar, an Icelandic top-tier league, was considering signing Sahal on a temporary loan agreement till the end of August. However, due to visa and work permit complications, the agreement fell through.

On July 14, 2023, the football club Kerala Blasters confirmed the transfer of Sahal to Mohun Bagan SG in exchange for a player for an unknown price. One of the most expensive transfers in Indian football history was made by Mohun Bagan, when they signed Sahal on a five year deal.

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Sahal Abdul Sama International Career 

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On March 11, 2019, Sahal, a young Indian player, made his debut with the under-23 squad in a friendly match against the football team of Qatar U23. Sahal Abdul Samad was a preliminary selection for India’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup squad but was not selected in the end. He was picked for the team for the 2019 King’s Cup in May 2019, when he made his football debut in a 3-1 loss to Curacao.

Sahal was nominated to India’s 23-man team for the SAFF Championship in the Maldives in 2021, where he scored his first international goal against Nepal on October 16, 2021. He entered the squad for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifications after a strong 2021–22 season, scoring his second international goal on June 11, 2022, against Afghanistan’s football team.

Sahal was named to the final roster for the 2023 Intercontinental Cup in May of 2023, starting against Mongolia and scoring the first goal in the second minute, helping India win the match 2-0.

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Sahal Abdul Samad Playing Style

Sahal Abdul Samad began his career with the Kerala Blasters as an attacking midfielder or central midfielder. He subsequently played as a winger, defensive midfielder, and center forward. Many football commentators and fans regard Sahal as one of the finest players in Kerala Blasters’ history, as well as one of the best midfielders in India.

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