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Playing for RKFC is special for Nozim Babadzhanov of Tajikistan

Srinagar Sep 27: Having represented several top clubs in various countries but playing for Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) is special for Nozim Babadzhanov.

Nozim, a 27-year-old national of Tajikistan will be playing for RKFC in I-League 2022-2023.

These days he is practicing at Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium along with other players.

“I have been playing football since childhood. But I started playing professional football in 2009. Since then I have played in several countries along with many top footballers of the world,” he said, who is a fan of renowned footballer Lionel Messi.

“First I played in Tajikistan and also represented its national team. I also played in the Bahrain Premier League. I represented several top clubs in Russia. I also played the Hero Cup in India.”

Asked about his expectations with the RKFC, the midfielder replied, “We have a very good team and are capable enough to beat any team. We have been practicing very hard. The weather is really good here, which is suitable for football. Playing for RKFC is really special to me. I love playing in this part of the world. We have good strength and have players from various parts of the world who share their expertise with others.”

RKFC has become one of the most popular I- League football clubs in the country in a short span of time. It has participated in the top-tier of Indian football for the last five years.

This year the team comprises five foreign players, five Kashmiri players. Rest players are from different parts of the country.

Some of the players have played in top leagues including the ISL. The team management has assured full support to the players.

The I-League matches could not be played in Kashmir for the last two years due to Covid. The I-League matches were played in Kolkatta.

However, players along with team staff have been practicing at Bakshi Stadium Srinagar ahead of I-League 2022-2023. They look energetic and are hopeful to play best in the I-League.


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