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BANDIPORA :-Hailing from Nowpora Bandipora of Northern Kashmir, Aaqib Amin started playing football at a very young age of 8. Aaqib, a name that needs no introduction in Bandipora now. Commonly Known as SFA Bandipora’s Defender- in- Chief, Aaqib has been the face of football from the Bandipora from past many years now. Aaqib has represented the J&K team 2 times at national level and four times at State level(then). Aaqib born and brought up in Nowpora Bandipora, the area known for nourishing Football talent. He leads the snow leopards and defends like a wall against the opponents!
His versatility as a defender and attacking Midfielder brought him plaudits from all over the footballing circles. His story is highly inspirational for the Young footballers, and he has brought laurels particularly to Bandipora District. Bandipora is known for producing some great footballer’s and Aaqib is considered one among them. He is known for his Football skills across the J&K, has shown his talent across the boundaries.
A pure match-winner and boult like a runner, Aaqib is one of the pillars of the SFA Bandipora. He started his football carrier, way back in 2007 during school days. Guided by his Friend and Mentor Tahir Baig, with every passing day Aqibs’ skills and tactics are improving. Aaqibs’ Favorite player is Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he wishes to be like him. He is sweating hard and is trying to become the best Footballer of J&K. So far this lad had won several awards and best is yet to come. Aaqib played and represented in, National, State Championship, and also in state-level & district level tournaments.
Aaqibs’ family has always supporting him whenever he has found their need. They have been rock solid behind him. They want to see Aqib excel and make a difference in someone’s life. Aaqib has also worked with SFA Srinagar, SFA Bandipora, Lone Star FC, Sant Baba Singh University, Real Kashmir FC, Forest FC, Bandipora Football Club & Hashmee FC. Aaqib is very much thankful to his Coach and Mentor Tahir Baig and Former International Coach Sajid Yousuf Dar for their Support. As part of some Prestigious Clubs’, he played against some of the top footballers of Country and state and in the process learned many things from them. In State Football Academy and inter University National, Aaqib achieved a lot of success and is remembered as the Defender-in-Chief of the team.
He played as a Defender and attacking Midfielder. He is quick, top dribble with excellent ball control. He always used to trick the opponent defenders. Spectators admired his game and showed great support to him. Both in the state or outside, he remained and played as Successful Defender. Aaqib is having good stamina, ball control, head work, and is a speedy footballer. A tall and muscular player, he played with great energy and enthusiasm during the play. His ball tackling is very hard and impressive.
Although he’s pleased to have contributed to the team, he stressed that his ‘main job is to defend’. I’m also happy when I’m not involved in goals but we still win. My main job is to defend, to make sure we don’t concede. And we need to improve there. My family always wanted me to play football and represent the J&K. I am thankful to Almighty, that I have a family which supports me through thick and thin. My father made everything possible for me in life and he has been my biggest inspiration to never give up in life.
Aaqib is Currently Playing for SFA Bandipora & he said that, I feel super excited to be a part of this prestigious club. He always watched the opponent keenly and give no chance to beat him. His long-range kicks were powerful. His overlapping is excellent and his head works well. He is playing with both feet with great ease & gave 100% to the game. Many fans of the game have appreciated and applauded Aaqib talent and predicted that he will go down as one of the top players in our J&K. Aaqibs’ love for football started at quite a young age and since childhood, he worked hard towards it. While growing up, he always dreamt of playing professional football and showed his skills on multiple platforms. His hardwork and dedication for the sport eventually made his dreams come true and now he is living his dream as a professional footballer. The life of this young footballer has truly been an inspiration for many and his journey to success has inspired so many.
In a Candid Chat, Aaqib recalled that the biggest inspiration in life is my family. They have always supported me from the beginning, they have done every possible thing to help me do well. I am very blessed and thankful to have them in my life.