Real Kashmir's Muhammad Hammad Wins I-League Award

(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer) SRINAGAR- Real Kashmir captain and central defender Muhammad Hammad was on Wednesday awarded the Jarnail Singh Award for the Best Defender of the I-League 2023-24 season.

Srinagar-born Hammad has become the first player from J&K to achieve this feat. The 26-year-old is set to join Indian Super League team FC Goa for the 2024-25 ISL season.


The Snow Leopards were on a stupendous run in the just concluded I-League campaign. The Srinagar club was at one point in contention to win the league title this year. However, a run of draws and last-minute defeats derailed the team's title charge, as they finished fifth, picking up 40 points in 24 matches.

Real Kashmir, coached by legendary J&K footballer Ishfaq Ahmad, had the most clean sheets in the I-League this year. Muhammad Hammad formed the core of the team's defense and will now ply his trade at the highest level of professional football in the country.

The Jammu & Kashmir Football Association also congratulated Hammad on his brilliant achievement.

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“Your dedication and hard work have truly paid off, and we are immensely proud to see you rise to new heights in your football journey,” the FA said in a statement.

Real Kashmir conceded just 19 goals in their 24 games, but it was Mohammedan Sporting who won their games consistently to win their first national league title.

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