By Umaid Wasim,
Pakistan’s top winger Mohammad Adil has been offered a trial at a Dutch second-tier club, the FC Dordoi midfielder told Dawn on Tuesday.
Adil became the first Pakistan player to earn a professional contract abroad when he joined Dordoi last year before he was joined by former Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) team-mates Kaleemullah and Saddam Hussain at the Kyrgyz giants.
“I’ll be travelling to the Netherlands in May where I’ll showcase my skills to the club,” Adil said. “Hopefully if I get a contract, it will help me realise my ambition of playing in Europe.”
Adil will potentially be the second Pakistan player from Dordoi to earn a contract at a European club.
Kaleem is travelling to Iceland this week for a trial with Icelandic second-division side Þróttur Reykjavík.
“It’s a five-day trial and I’m confident that I’ll be selected,” Kaleem told Dawn on Tuesday.
The Dordoi duo expressed disappointment at the postponement of the second leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Pakistan and Yemen which ws to be held at the Punjab Stadium on Tuesday.
There was also disappointment for them at the fact that their former side KRL did not extend head-coach Tariq Lutfi’s contact when it expired this month.
Adil and Kaleem were a part of a KRL side under Lutfi which won three successive Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) titles whilst also being the losing finalists in the 2013 AFC President’s Cup.
“It’s an end of a cycle for KRL,” Adil said. “The KRL side under Lutfi was the best ever in its history and it will be a tough job for the man who takes over from him.”