Ahead of the I-League 2020-21 season, Gokulam Kerala FC have signed 23-year-old defender Muhammed Asif. Hailing from Malappuram, the youngster stated that he is \u2018proud\u2019 to play for the club from Kozhikode. A product of the Malabar Special Police Football Academy, he has featured in the Calcutta Football League and Kerala Premier League previously. Now set to make his I-League debut, the youngster declared that he and his team are gunning for the trophy. The youngster joins the team after a stint in Nepal with Manang Marshyangdi FC, where he played in the AFC Cup 2019 \u2014 an experience he termed as a \u2018turning point\u2019. \u201cFor me, it\u2019s not just a matter of representing my home state. As a Malabarian, I feel proud to be a part of GKFC. My aim is to start in every match for my team and win the title. It\u2019s my debut Hero I-League season and for me, it\u2019s a big challenge to play for a new team and in such a big league,\u201d he said after signing. \u201cPlaying in the AFC Cup is maybe the turning point of my life. It was a really great experience for me and after playing in the tournament, my confidence really grew a lot,\u201d he added. \u201cI am really excited to play in the Hero I-League. Due to the lockdown, I have been able to spend a lot of quality time with my family and friends. However, I\u2019m maintaining my fitness and doing training every day as well. I\u2019m really prepared for the upcoming season,\u201d he averred.