Ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24), Kerala Blasters FC announced contract extensions with three upcoming young native talents in Muhammad Shaeef (20), Mohammed Azhar (20) and Mohammed Aiman (20) until 2026.
These three players with their own particular set of expertise will be manning different halves of the pitch, after having spent time within the Kerala Blasters development system honing their skills and getting game time against the best players within their age bracket from around the country, in various development tournaments.
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It is through steady and consistent performances through that period, in tournaments like Durand Cup and RF Development League especially over the last season, that these players have managed to make their way into the Kerala Blasters senior squad.
Mohammed Aiman and Mohammed Azhar are identical twins but their on-field game remains vastly different, Aiman being a Left Winger is known to launch attacks from the wings, feeding the ball to the strikers in attacking positions or even creating goal-scoring chances himself, whereas Azhar being a central midfielder is more proficient in moving the ball forward and creating various plays across the midfield.
Compared to Azhar & Aiman, Muhammed Saheef is a relatively new entrant within the Kerala Blasters set-up, however, his performances with the developmental games and overall talent to man the backend of the formation make him a player with plenty of promise. He even made his senior team debut in the recently concluded Super Cup 2023 in Kozhikode.
Commenting on these extensions, Karolis Skinkys, Kerala Blasters Sporting Director, said, “Extremely happy to see three young upcoming players, from our Kerala Blasters Youth system rising through the ranks and making a place within the nucleus of the senior team, all these players bring along their own specific skill sets and raw talent which will add more depth and variety to our main squad. I wish them nothing but success and growth as players in this upcoming phase of their careers.”