I-League: Aizawl FC seek inspiration from Syrian hero Mahmoud Amnah

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Aizawl, April 20: Aizawl FC are on the verge of creating history as they can be the first ever club from North East to clinch the I-League title.

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They are tied on same points with Mohun Bagan (33 points from 16 matches) in the league table. Just three matches left before history unfolds.

Mahmoud Amnah (Image courtesy: Aizawl FC Twitter handle)

On Saturday (April 22), Aizawl is going to have their final home match. They will face mighty Mohun Bagan in the title-deciding fixture.

It is obvious that before a crucial game, coaches get wary. They give their best to motivate the players. Aizawl FC coach Khalid Jamil is also doing that.

But the interesting part in their story is that one experienced foreign footballer in the team has taken additional responsibility to inspire his teammates. He is Syrian international Mahmoud Amnah.

The 34-year old experienced midfielder cannot remember when last he had such opportunity where he was on the brink of winning country’s most prestigious football championship.

On Syria's condition, Amnah said: “I had spent my childhood in Aleppo and since childhood, we had experienced the deadly civil war.

"We could not spend a single day in peace. We always had to move around out of fear.”

Since 2009 Amnah has not returned to his country. He went to play for an Iranian club, wanted to return to his home in 2011, but failed.

He said: “The civil war became so fearful that I could not return to home. Even I came to know that our house had been destroyed by the rebellions. Naturally, I had to go Egypt permanently.”

Amnah rued: “I still get upset remembering that I have lost several friends in the civil war. Even some of them were football players. They could not go away from Syria.”

Commenting on Saturday’s match, the player said: “I have been telling to my Aizawl FC mates that even after playing 78 matches for Syria it is going to be a lifetime opportunity for me to win one country’s best football championship. So, why can't they think in the same way and give their best to win the title?”

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