KOLKATA, 2 March 2018: Forward Gani Ahmed Nigam has arrived in Kolkata to play the upcoming 2nd Division League qualifiers on Friday evening.
The 22-year-old from Nadapuram, Kearala, who has played for the likes of Gokulam Kerala and Hyderbad FC in the past, was welcomed by Team Manager Belal Ahmed Khan at Dum Dum Airport.
Gani started learning his trade at the tender age of 9 from the Olympian Rahman Academy in Purameri under coaches Pradeep and Surendran. Securing a spot in the state U-14 team encouraged Gani. Joining MSP School, Malappuram was the turning point in his life. When the school team reached in the finals of Subroto Cup held in New Delhi, Gani was their spearhead with six goals.
Later, Gani was selected to the Pune City FC Academy and became a part of their reserve team. Two years of training under the watchful eyes of foreign coaches refined his game. Although Gani secured a place in Pune City’s ISL team but did not get a chance to play.
In the 2018/19 season Gani returned to his hometown with Gokulam Kerala. He made his I-League debut against Kolkata giants Mohan Bagan at the Kozhikode corporation Stadium.
When Gokulam beat Shillong Lajong FC 3-1, Gani scored his maiden I-League goal and was named man of the match.
Ahead of the 2019/20 ISL, Gani was signed by Hyderabad FC where he made 4 appearances as a substitute.
“I am delighted to sign for Mohammedan Sporting Club. It’s a great club with top players and passionate fans.” said Gani.
“I can’t wait to get started now. I have heard about the fans who are passionate about this beautiful game and hopefully I can give them enough reasons to rejoice by the end of the season.” he added further.
Gani will join Mohammedan Sporting Club squad at Kalyani after getting tested for Covid-19.