Joining Dempo ‘a dream come true’: Amiri

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Dempo Sports Club’s new signing Zohib Islam Amiri has said that joining the Goan giants has been has been “like a dream come true”.

“For everyone who joins Dempo, it’s like a dream come true. It’s a very big club with big expectations and I’m looking forward to this season,” Amiri told ‘Goal.com’.

The Afghanistan captain has been added to the team’s roaster, a few days after Arthur Papas’ side signed Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey. With both the signings, Dempo have now replaced Irish striker Billy Mehmet and Japanese defender Shinnosuke Honda, who have been released by the club.

Amiri is one of the most capped players to represent Afghanistan national team and played an important role in his country’s 2-0 win over India in the South Asian Football Federation Championship 2013 final. The 26-year-old defender was also voted as the Football Players’ Association of India Fans’ Player of the Year for the season 2012-13 ahead of Lenny Rodrigues (Churchill Brothers, India), Lalrindika Ralte (East Bengal, India), Lalkamal Bhowmick (Prayag United SC, India), James Moga (Pune FC, South Sudan), Carlos Hernandez Valverde (Prayag United SC, Costa Rica) and Izumi Arata (Pune FC, India).

Amiri, who has joined the Goan club from Mumbai FC, says his stint at Dempo will be a “new chapter” and he is looking forward to “working together” with his new team.

“I was with Mumbai FC for the last three years and I was ready for a new challenge when Papas called me to join Dempo. So I accepted the challenge and decided to join Dempo,” he said. 

“The team (Dempo) has changed with a lot of new and young players. So it will take time (to rebuild). Now, we will all work together and hopefully things will look (better) at the end of the season. “I spent some good time with Mumbai FC. Now it’s time for a new chapter (with Dempo). We will be looking to do well in the Federation Cup,” Amiri said.