Zidane Iqbal grabbed the headlines of the world’s newspapers, after he entered the history of Manchester United, as the first British footballer from South Asia to participate in a match for the team, according to Sky Sports.
The 18-year-old participated in the first team training, on Tuesday, before taking a place on the Manchester United bench, on Wednesday, in the team’s match against the Swiss Young Boys, and Iqbal, who was wearing the number 73 shirt, participated in the minutes. The last of the meeting in the place of Jesse Lingard.
Iqbal, who chose to represent the Iraq Olympic team, was born of a Pakistani father and an Iraqi mother, joined the Manchester United academy at the age of nine, and spent nearly a decade developing his skills, and succeeded in signing his first professional contract with United last April, and was able to move to a team The under-23 club, where he became a regular starter and gained more experience, despite being one of the younger players on the squad.
Speaking after his first Champions League match, he told Manchester United’s official channel: “It’s a great feeling, I’ve been working all my life for this opportunity, it’s a dream come true, this is just the beginning.”
And “Sky Sports” said last month that England faced the possibility of losing the talent of Manchester United, with the Iraqi Football Association keen on the player’s participation in the first team.
Iqbal was called to play with the Iraqi under-23 team in the West Asian Championship last month, and helped them reach the semi-finals before they were eliminated against Saudi Arabia, as he appeared against the Emirates, and scored against Lebanon.
Sky Sports reported that the player is eligible to represent England, Iraq or Pakistan at the international level, but he has never been called up to the England squad.
United’s talent scored a goal for the club’s youth against Sunderland, in the English Premier League Cup last month, and also scored the team’s first goal in their 4-2 victory over Atalanta in the European Youth League competitions.
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