*FC Goa signs 18-year-old midfielder Muhammed Nemil*
~ The teenager has put pen to paper on a four-year deal ~
Goa, October, 2020: FC Goa is delighted to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Reliance Foundations Youth Champs (RFYC) for the transfer of Muhammad Nemil, one of the most exciting young prospects to have graduated from Academy’s first badge of graduates.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been on the Gaur’s radar since some time and had also spent a successful training stint with the Developmental Team last season. He has now penned a four-year deal. He was one of the brightest players to have graduated from the RFYC program, having joined them as a 13-year-old in 2015.
Following his move, Nemil said, “I had the opportunity to play for a number of teams. However, FC Goa is a team I really like because of its philosophy of football and the encouragement it gives to promote youngsters.
“I have been in Spain for some time and gotten used to the style of play. It suits me perfectly to take the initiative and control the game via passing and movement. That’s what FC Goa is all about and I feel this is a dream fit.”
Speaking on his signing, FC Goa’s Director of Football, Ravi Puskur remarked, “We're extremely happy to have brought Nemil on board to FC Goa. He is one of the standout players of this batch of players coming through from the RFYC and we're excited about the prospect of him joining our club.
“He possesses all the qualities to be a success with us and as part of his continued development, we are working to have him continue his footballing education in Spain for a further year. We're confident that within years to come, Nemil will breakthrough into the first team and will make an impact.”
Nemil was sent to Spain last year to train with Marcet’s High-Performance Academy in Spain by RFYC. The youngster will spend this season out on loan in Spain as a part of Gramanet’s U18 set up, who play in the Juvenile Liga Nacional.
About FC Goa
FC Goa is a professional football club based out of Goa that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is the current holder of the Super Cup. Nicknamed the Gaurs, FC Goa has been one of the most consistent teams in the ISL - reaching 3 semi-finals and 2 finals in 6 seasons.
In Season 2019/20, the club won the Hero ISL League Winners Shield, by finishing top of the table in the league stages and became the first-ever club from India to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League. The Gaurs are also the only ISL side to win more than 50 games and score more than 200 goals.
Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, FC Goa is one of Indian few Clubs to have a complete youth development ecosystem. It’s U14, U16, U18 and Developmental Teams compete at the highest levels in Goa and nationally. The system has produced recognizable talents like Saviour Gama, Princeton Rebello and many more. The Gaurs are also the Champions of the GFA U20 & GFA U18 Leagues and the winners of the Goa Professional League in 2018/19.